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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1967-1989

Creator:  Bernstein family and Eisenman family

Summary/Abstract:  The materials in this collection relate to the Bernstein and Eisenman families of Savannah, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 360, Bernstein and Eisenman Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  Gift of Elizabeth Bernstein Eisenman, 1997.

Custodial History:  The Bernstein and Eisenman Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Processed by:  Luciana M. Spracher, 2003; Lindsay B. Resnick, 2016.

Arrangement:  These three folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Abram Eisenman (February 4, 1914-June 24, 1981) was a businessman, author, journalist, political activist, and one-time candidate for the United States presidency from Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah High School in 1929, a member of both the championship basketball team and the school’s debate team. His interest in sports followed him to the University of Georgia where he played on the basketball team. Through the Jewish Educational Alliance, he played handball and tennis, going on to win many local tournaments.

Eisenman married Georgia Russell (1914-2006) of Savannah in 1939. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and Americans for Democratic Action. That same year, Abram Eisenman began a 32-year career in radio broadcasting that took him to stations in South Carolina and New Jersey. From 1953 to 1963 he published the Weekly Savannah Sun newspaper.

During the 1968, 1972, and 1976 presidential elections, he published versions of an essay “Why I should be President” as a platform for his campaigns. In 1968, he entered the New Hampshire primary as a protest against the Vietnam War, and in 1976 he ran in the Georgia primary against Governor (and eventual president) Jimmy Carter (b. 1924).

The Eisenmans had two sons, Dr. Russell Eisenman (b. 1940), a psychology professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas; and Robert “Bob” Eisenman (b. 1943), a winemaker in Oakland, California. Abram Eisenman had three sisters; Bess Eisenman Center (1912-2006), Elizabeth Eisenman Bernstein (1919-2008), and Annette Eisenman Alpern (1922-2000).

Elizabeth Eisenman married Abram Bernstein (1909-1985), a 1927 graduate of Savannah High School. Elizabeth Eisenman Bernstein was an avid doll collector who owned a business, Honeybee Dolls, in Savannah. Abram Bernstein wrote several letters to the editor of the “City Beat” column in the Savannah Morning News that were published. Previously he was the sports writer for the Jewish Educational Alliance. Abram Bernstein was involved for many years in the family’s restaurant supply business, Bernstein’s Crockery Company, which later became Bernstein’s of Savannah, Inc.

The members of the Eisenman and Bernstein families that lived in Savannah were members of Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob.

Scope and Content:  This small collection consists of clippings, correspondence, and loose scrapbook items pertaining to the Bernstein and Eisenman families. The clippings include obituaries and articles written by Abram Bernstein. The articles, written to the editor of the Savannah Morning News “City Beat” column, relate memories of growing up in Savannah and reminiscences of several local personalities and entertainment spots. Correspondence includes letters between Elizabeth Eisenman Bernstein of Savannah and Betsy Eisenmann of Idaho Falls, Idaho regarding their ancestry and family names. Scrapbook items in the collection include articles and mementos from a reunion of the Savannah High School Class of 1927, and an article on the Chatham Junior High School Class of 1923. Papers in this collection date from 1967 to 1989.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

1

1

Bernstein, Abram- “City Beat” Articles

1980-1989

 

2

Bernstein, Abram- School memorabilia

1967-1973, undated

 

3

Eisenman family- correspondence and news clippings

1977-1981, undated

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