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DATE:                                 OCTOBER 22, 2001

                                           MARCH 6, 2002

LOCATION:                         ATLANTA, GEORGIA


Stanley Maier Srochi was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1926.   His grandparents immigrated to the United States from Russia, Latvia, and Poland in the 1880s.   His maternal grandfather was Louis Hirsh, documented as ‘Hirschovitz’ in the Ahavath Achim list of members in Atlanta in 1900, then an Orthodox synagogue.  His maternal grandmother, Lottie Seligson Hirsh, was from Latvia.   His paternal grandfather, Morris Srochi, came from an area near Kraków, Poland.  His paternal grandmother’s name was Dora.   

Stanley’s grandfather, Morris Srochi, settled in New York when he arrived to the United States before coming to Atlanta for a job as a baker.  A year after arriving in Atlanta, he started the family bread business, Atlanta Baking Company.  Morris Srochi had been a baker by trade as a young boy in Poland.  Stanley’s father, Abram David Srochi, was born in New York in 1887 and came to Atlanta with his father when he was three years old.      

Stanley attended Druid Hills School and Boys’ High School.  He was bar mitzvahed in 1939 at the Ahavath Achim under the guidance of Rabbi Harry H. Epstein.  Stanley served in the United States Army with the 43rd Infancy Division before World War II started.  He traveled to Japan in 1945 with the 103rd Infantry Regiment of the Maine Army National Guard.  He was discharged from service in 1946 and returned to Atlanta, where he studied law at Emory Law School.  He graduated in 1952 and went to work in the sales department of the family business.  He entered the real estate business after the family business was sold.  

Stanley married Joan Printz Perretz in 1979.  They have three stepchildren and eight grandchildren. 

Scope of Interview:

Stanley Maier Srochi discusses his grandparents who immigrated from Russia, Poland, and Latvia.   He talks about both sides of his family being members of Ahavath Achim in the late 1880s when it was an Orthodox synagogue.  He mentions that the congregation later affiliated with the Conservative movement in the 1940s.  He reflects on growing up in the generation that identifies with Rabbi Harry H. Epstein and that he admired his intellect and speaking ability.   Stanley mentions that he attended Sunday school at Ahavath Achim in the 1930s.  He remembers his bar mitzvah in 1939.  He recalls separate seating arrangements for women in the synagogue and when integrated seating began in the 1950s. 

Stanley discusses his grandfather, Morris Srochi, as being a strong financial supporter of Ahavath Achim.  He talks about how his grandfather bought one of the first bricks as fundraising for the facility in the 1920s.   He recalls aliyahs being auctioned at Yom Kippur service during the 1930s and that his grandfather held neilah into his 90s when he died in 1960.   

Stanley remembers his maternal grandfather, Louis Hirsh, as being very observant during High Holy Days and studying the Torah and Talmud.  Stanley remembers visiting his grandparents, who lived near the synagogue, where they would break their fast. 

He discusses his family’s involvement in the Tenth Street Ahavath Achim property and the Srochi Auditorium being dedicated to his grandmother, Dora Srochi.  He talks about his father, Abram David Srochi, being involved in fundraising for the Educational Center Library Building.    He mentions that the Zaban Park facility is a dedication memorial to his mother, Sophie Hirsh Srochi.

Stanley recounts his military experience during Pearl Harbor in Japan during World War II and being assigned to the 43rd Infantry Division before the war and the 103rd Infantry Regiment with the Maine Army National Guard.  He talks about being discharged in 1946 and returning to Atlanta, where he studied law at Emory Law School.  He graduated in 1952.   

He discusses working in the Srochi family business, the Atlanta Baking Company, after his graduation.  He talks about the business as a neighborhood bakery and sales delivery made by horse and wagon.  He talks about how the bread business evolved to the wholesale level in the 1920s.   He recalls that many of their customers were Reform Jews.  He speaks of their bread brands in the 1950s and the sale of the family business 1967.  He talks about entering the real estate business after selling the family business.

Stanley recalls the Jewish delicatessens in Atlanta and reflects on childhood memories.  He talks about his cousins and aunts and uncles.  He recalls growing up with the Candler family children and attending Druid Hills School and Boys’ High School.  He discusses how the school system changed after World War II towards neighborhood oriented and co-educational.  He talks about remaining friends with the boys he went to school with.  Stanley continues to serve as a board member for Atlanta Boys’ High School Alumni Association.     

He talks about meeting his wife, Joan Printz Perretz, and their marriage in 1979.  He discusses his three stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

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