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MEMOIRIST:                     HARRIET WISEBERG GREENBLATT (1916-

INTERVIEWER:                 SUSAN FEINBERG

DATE:                                SEPTEMBER 25, 1991

                                        OCTOBER 11, 1991

LOCATION:                        ATLANTA, GEORGIA

ID#:                                   OHC10293

NUMBER OF PAGES:        13

Transcript (PDF)

HIGHLIGHTS/EXCERPTS

“I was . . . told by my father that his father put 11 bales of cotton down a dry well. When the Civil War was over he sold the cotton for $1,000 a bale.”  3

“I could sort of picture his arrival with the family into Atlanta by reading Margaret Mitchell's account in Gone With the Wind, when Scarlett enters Atlanta after the war and she described in detail what it was like coming from the station up Peachtree Street through Five Points. She described what was on the sidewalk and the buildings, the people, everything about it.   I imagine that that's the sort of scene that greeted Morris Wiseberg when he and the family entered the city.”  4

“My father lost the house during the [Great] Depression. We moved to another house on Fairview Road which they rented . . . [He] lost his restaurant in the Candler Building due to the exorbitant rent that he was paying, and Mr. Candler wouldn't do anything about it. There was a fire that destroyed his bakery. My father had a terrible struggle during the Depression. We always managed to eat well and live very nicely, but nevertheless, it must have been a terrible struggle for him.”  9

“During the siege of Atlanta, Regina gave birth to Sarah Cohen, my grandmother.  At the time, they were in a basement . . . they had a home on Peachtree opposite the Atlanta Athletic Club. I think they even had a cow in the backyard. Evidently Jonas, being a peddler, was away from home while all this was going on.  Regina sold the house for $3,000 confederate money and the whole family boarded a train . . . some people say for New York and some people say for Nashville. I'm not sure which. They left town.”  11

 

BIOGRAPHY

Harriet Wiseberg (Greenblatt) was born in 1916 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her parents were Arthur Wiseberg and Helen Silverman Wiseberg.  She grew up in Druid Hills, an area of Atlanta that was not typically Jewish.  Her father’s family, the Wisebergs, came from Eastern Europe.  Morris Wiseberg immigrated first to Australia where he sold clothing to miners during the Australian gold rush.  Later he came to San Francisco, California then Washington, Arkansas, then Charleston, South Carolina and finally to Atlanta in 1867 after the Civil War.  Morris married Clara Hirschfield in Arkansas after which they moved to Atlanta where Morris owned a bonnet factory in Five Points as well as the Etowah Café.  He also owned a great deal of real estate in post-Civil War Atlanta. 

Harriet’s maternal grandfather was Harry Silverman, the owner of Silverman’s, a prominent tobacconist store in Atlanta.  Harry Silverman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Several of her ancestors were among the original founders of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple) in Atlanta. 

Harriett participated in Ballyhoo, Jubilee and Falcon social events and often went to Jester Lake She attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  She married Sidney Greenblatt.  They belonged to the Temple and Sidney worked for Montag Brothers.  Harriet participated in the civil rights movement through the National Council of Jewish Women.  She also participated in the League of Women Voters.

 

SCOPE OF INTERVIEW

Harriett discusses at length her ancestors, most of which were prominent members of the Atlanta Jewish community.  The family names include the Harry Silverman family, the Morris Wiseberg family, the Weils, the Franks (Lucille Selig was a first cousin of her mother’s), the Jonas Loeb Cohen family, the Auerbach family, and the Greenblatts (including Mike and Sam).

Harriet discussed growing up in a non-Jewish part of Atlanta (Druid Hills), attending summer camp, a Presbyterian school, and Girl Scouts.  She discusses the impact of the Leo Frank arrest and lynching on the Jewish community.  She also recalls the impact of the Great Depression and her father’s loss of his restaurant and their home.

She also discusses her childhood and college life at University of Georgia (including not being able to join a sorority because she was Jewish and her meeting and marriage to Sidney Greenblatt.

 

KEYWORDS

Abraham, August

Abraham, Regina

Alto, Georgia

American Civil War, 1861-1865

Arkansas

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta Normal Training School—Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Auerbach, Joseph

Auerbach, Pauline Silverman

Australia

Australian Gold Rush

B’nai Israel—Evansville, Indiana

Charleston, South Carolina

Civil War, 1861-1865—Siege of Atlanta

Cohen, Jonas Loeb

Cohen, Sarah Abraham

Confederate States of America

Cronheim, Gussie

Druid Hills (Atlanta, Georgia)

England

Etowah Café—Atlanta, Georgia

Evansville, Indiana

Fox, Lena Guthman

Five Points—Atlanta, Georgia

Frank, Leo—Lynching

Frank, Lucille Selig

Gate City Guards—Atlanta

Germany

Girl Scouts

Gone With the Wind (book)

Great Depression, 1929

Greenblatt, Harriet Wiseberg

Greenblatt, Sidney

Haberdashery industry and trade

Hat industry and trade

Hebrew Benevolent Congregration—Atlanta, Georgia

Hirschfeeld, Isaac

Hirschfield, Emma

Howren, Evelyn Greenblatt

Immigration

Indiana

Jacobs, Joseph

Jewish-Christian Relations

Kunian, Marie (Mitzi) Eiseman Long

Latvia

Liebal, Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia

Lucy Cobb Institute—Athens, Georgia

M. Wiseberg, Wholesale Millinery—Atlanta, Georgia

Marx, Eleanor (Nell) Rosenfeld

Melbourne, Australia

Memphis, Tennessee

Michael brothers

North Carolina

Peddlers and peddling

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rosenfeld, Emily Baer

Saarbrucken, Germany

San Francisco, California

Silverman, Sara Cohen

Silverman, Harry

Silverman, Henrietta Weil

Silverman, Seligman

Silverman Catering Company—Atlanta, Georgia

Silverman-Goodrum Tobacco Company—Atlanta, Georgia

Silverman’s—Atlanta, Georgia

Silverman’s Corner—Atlanta, Georgia

Slavery

Sororities

South Carolina

Spanish-American War, 1898

Suicide

Temple—Atlanta, Georgia

Temple Israel—Memphis, Tennessee

Temple, Dedication, 1877—Atlanta, Georgia

Tobacconists

Uniforms, Confederacy

United States—Westward settlement

University of Georgia—Athens, Georgia

Washington, Arkansas

Wilmington, North Carolina

Wiseberg, Ann

Wiseberg, Arthur

Wiseberg, Clara Hirschfield

Wiseberg, Helen Silverman

Wiseberg, Morris

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