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MEMOIRIST:             LAURA ZABAN DINERMAN  

INTERVIEWER:        NANCY POLLARD

LOCATION:               ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                        MARCH 5, 2008

Transcript (PDF)

BIOGRAPHY

Laura Zaban Dinerman was born in Atlanta in 1946 to Doris and Erwin Zaban.  Laura is a third generation Atlantan.  Both of her grandmothers were born in the United States.  Both grandfathers came to the United States in the mid-1890s from Austria-Hungary.  Her maternal grandparents are Sophie Cohen and Abraham Reisman.  Her paternal grandparents are Mandle and Sara Feidelson Zaban.  Her grandfather, Mandle Zaban, started the family business, Zep, which later became National Service Industries.  Laura has two siblings, Carol and Sara. 

Laura went to Morningside Elementary School and Grady High School.  She graduated from Oglethorpe University with a degree in early childhood education.  Her family were members of the Temple, where she attended Sunday school and was confirmed.  Laura has a long history of holding leadership positions at the Atlanta Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center.  She has also been very involved with the Breman Museum. 

Laura married Marshall Dinerman in 1967.  They have three children, Eric, Michael, and Jennie.  She and Marshall have many grandchildren.

SCOPE OF INTERVIEW

Laura Dinerman begins the interview talking about her parents, who both grew up in Atlanta.  She relates that she is lucky to remember all four of her grandparents, who were a big part of their lives.  She remembers being together for every holiday and occasion.  She relates that her family belonged to the Temple and that her strongest recollection about Temple was sitting in services with her grandparents.  She remembers the bombing of the Temple as one of her strongest memories of being Jewish.  She remembers Rabbi Jacob Rothschild of the Temple.  She reflects that as a child she saw him as being bigger than life.  She talks her large family seders and the importance of the celebration to her and to her family.

Laura remembers segregation in Atlanta.  She remembers when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and recalls the fear she felt for Atlantans and the world after the event.  Laura talks about her friends and remembers walking to school with them.  She relates that she has remained friends with many of the children she grew up with.  She tells that she did not encounter antisemitism growing up.  

Laura speaks of her two sisters, Carol and Sara.  She discusses the Zaban family name and what it has become to mean in Atlanta.  She talks about her father and recalls him working long hours in the business when she was a child.  Laura talks about the importance of giving back to the community and the responsibility her family has within the community.  She relates how the success of the family business had changed everything in their lives.  She reflects that her most rewarding work was building the new Jewish Community Center.  She talks about her husband and their children, Eric, Michael, and Jennie, and their community involvement. 

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