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MEMORIST:             ROSALIND SPECTOR

INTERVIEWER:         SANDRA BERMAN

LOCATION:                ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                       NOVEMBER 19, 2007

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Biography
Rosalind Belle Marcus Spector was the daughter of Harold Edward Marcus and Maxine Bear Marcus. Rosalind’s paternal grandparents were Alexander E. Marcus and Sarah Selig Marcus. She was the only granddaughter of their four grandchildren. Rosalind and her brother Harold Edward Marcus, Jr. were confirmed at The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalind married Barry Spector in 1961. Rosalind and Barry were the parents of two children: Harriette Lynne Raphael and “Marc” [Marcus Lee] Spector. Rosalind has been active in Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, and Hadassah. Formerly a real estate broker, Rosalind resides in Marietta, Georgia [2017].

 

Scope of Interview

Rosalind discusses visiting with her great-aunt Lucille Selig Frank during her childhood. She explains that Lucille was the sister of her grandmother Sarah Selig Marcus and the widow of Leo Frank.

Rosalind discusses her father’s family. She tells about his parents, Sarah Selig Marcus and Alexander E. Marcus, and Sarah’s sisters Rosalind Selig Ursenbach and Lucille Selig Frank. Rosalind explains that neither of Sarah’s sisters had any children. Rosalind is one of Sarah’s four grandchildren and her only granddaughter.

Rosalind recalls visiting her grandmother Sarah when she was a child. She also recalls visiting her great-aunt Lucille at those times. Rosalind explains that Lucille lived in the same building as her grandmother Sarah.

Rosalind says she first asked about her great-aunt Lucille’s husband when she was about eight years old, and was told by her mother that he died. When her great-aunt Lucille died during her teenage years, she learned that her husband Leo Frank was killed. Rosalind says it was not until she was studying history at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia that she learned about the murder of Mary Phagan and the hanging of Leo Frank, her great-aunt Lucille’s husband. Her father told her about his family’s fear of the vigilantes at the time and running to safety in his pajamas as a child.

Rosalind describes her great-aunt Lucille as being sweet but sad. Rosalind recalls Lucille joining her family for Thanksgiving dinner, and that Lucille sold gloves at a concession in J.P. Allen in Atlanta. She talks about Lucille having a few friends, and driving a LaSalle, but living a limited social life for fear of being questioned about her husband Leo Frank.

Rosalind conveys her impression of Leo Frank as a quiet man who was passionate about photography when he was a student at Cornell University.

Rosalind briefly discusses the injustice of Leo Frank’s trial and lynching. She tells of her admiration for her great-aunt Lucille for her devotion to her husband Leo at the time of the trial. Rosalind expresses the wish that Leo Frank would be fully exonerated.


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