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MEMOIRIST:          FRANCES BUNZL 

INTERVIEWER:    RAY ANN KREMER

LOCATION:             ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                        OCTOBER 28, 1985 

Transcript (PDF)

MEMOIRIST:           FRANCES BUNZL 

INTERVIEWER:      (UNKNOWN)

LOCATION:            ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                       DECEMBER 13, 2005 

Transcript (PDF)

BIOGRAPHY

Frances Bunzl was born on March 22, 1920, and grew up in Germany with her parents and younger brother. Her family was well-to-do, and her parents, Ann Kahn and Arthur Abraham Hamburger, were very active in the Jewish community, especially her mother. In her late teens Frances left Germany, first for England, then for the United States. Her brother had left before her, settling in Elberton, Georgia. After each of the children had struck out on their own, Bunzl’s mother, father, and maternal grandmother also immigrated to the United States.

In the states the women of the family all continued to have impressive service careers, and Frances married Walter Bunzl, an Austrian immigrant. The two had two children together, Richard and Susan (or Susie). The Bunzl’s also started a travel agency, Bunzl Tours, where the couple worked together. Soon after selling the company, Walter Bunzl passed away. Frances’ daughter, Susan, motivated this 2005 video interview.

Scope of Interview

Frances Bunzl covers a lot of territory in this interview, covering some of her parents’ history, most of her childhood in Germany, her experience of immigration to America, and her courtship and marriage. Bunzl also discusses her children, her and her husband’s work experiences, and the importance of service work.

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