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DATE:                                JULY 2, 1989

LOCATION:                        ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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Edward Krick was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were Isaac Krick and Etta Levin Krick. His wife was Gertrude Fierman Krick. Ed was in the grocery business and, later, the real estate business. As a young man he was active in the Shearith Israel Juniors, a chapter of Young Judaea. He was a president of Congregation Shearith Israel. He served on the Boards of Trustees of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, the Zionist Organization of America, and the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta. He had two children: Elliott Krick and Rosalyn Krick Kram.

Scope of Interview

Ed discusses his parents and siblings. Ed talks about his father, Isaac Krick, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland; his mother, Etta Levin Krick, who was born in Chicago, Illinois; and his brothers Irwin Krick and Morris Herman Krick. Ed says his father operated a grocery business in Decatur, Georgia, where the family lived until Ed was four years old. Ed says he moved to Atlanta, Georgia when his father opened a pawn shop business there.

Ed talks about his maternal grandparents, Harris and Anna Levin. He says his Grandfather Harris Levin immigrating from Kovno, Russia to New York before settling in Atlanta and opening a grocery store. Ed talks about his paternal grandparents, Samuel Krick and Sarah Feldman Krick. He says his grandfather Samuel Krick moved to Atlanta from Baltimore and that he was a shochet [ritual slaughterer]. He relates that his Grandfather Harris Levin was a member of Congregation Shearith Israel e and his Grandfather Samuel Krick was a member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Ed discusses his extended family, including his aunts, uncles, cousins, and their descendants, many with whom he is still in touch.

Ed recounts studying for his bar mitzvah with both his grandfathers and joining the Shearith Israel Juniors (SIJ) club, a chapter of Young Judea. He mentions others members of the SIJ Club and the Club’s sixtieth reunion.

Ed recalls saying Kaddish at Congregation Shearith Israel when his father died in 1929. He talks about Rabbi Tobias Geffen, the rabbi of Shearith Israel for 60 years, and the Geffen family who were neighbors. He mentions other neighbors: the Taratoot family and the family of Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen.

Ed remembers Passover seders at his grandfather’s home, and Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur services at Shearith Israel on Washington Street.

Ed discusses the migration of Jewish families and synagogues in Atlanta, beginning in 1929. He tells about the Jewish community living in the southeast side of Atlanta. He says all the Jewish congregations were located in a radius of two miles. He recalls the streetcars in Atlanta and since his family did not have a car, walking to Commercial High School and elsewhere.

Ed talks about the youth activities that took place at the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA): clubs, basketball games, and dances. He remembers Edward M. Kahn, the JEA executive director, and Barney Medintz, another JEA leader.

Ed recounts an anti-Semitic incident when he was a boy, and attending a meeting of the Columbians, a neo-Nazi political organization in Atlanta.

He mentions leaving the grocery business after a hold-up in his Auburn Avenue store during the 1950’s. He recalls his start in the real estate business. Ed briefly discusses the roles in the development of Atlanta by developer Benjamin Massell and Mayor William Berry Hartsfield, Sr.

Ed tells about his involvement with Jewish organization. He was president of Shearith Israel Synagogue, president of the Atlanta Hebrew Academy, president of the Atlanta Bureau of Education, and president of the Zionist Organization of America.

Ed recalls the divisions between the Orthodox, Reform, and Sephardic Jewish communities in Atlanta. He recalls that blacks and Jews had a respectful relationship because most of the Jewish-owned groceries were located in black communities.

Ed remembers meeting his wife Gertrude Fierman Krick when she relocated to Atlanta from New York to direct the JEA’s nursey school program. He talks about marrying Gertrude in 1940. Ed mentions his children, Elliott Krick and Rosalyn Krick Kram, and his two grandchildren.


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