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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1863 - 1994

Creator:  Miriam Freedman

Summary/Abstract:  The papers primarily relate to Hermann Hirsch, a Confederate veteran who settled in Columbus, Georgia.  The collection contains letters written by Herman Hirsch while in service to the Confederacy.  The letters give a full account of the siege of Jackson in 1863. The papers primarily relate to Hermann Hirsch, a Confederate veteran who settled in Columbus, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 110, Miriam Freedman Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note: This collection contains some history of Jews in Talbotton, Georgia.  Talbotton, GA is in the western border of the state.  It is situated on US Highway 80, the historical main thoroughfare stretching from Savanna, GA to San Diego, CA.  In its early history, it was on the route of the Federal Telegraph road from Washington, DC to New Orleans, LA.  It is also one of the towns between Macon and Columbus, both of which are also located on US Highway 80.  Lazarus Strauss arrived in Philadelphia in 1852, and then sailed to Savannah for greater economic opportunities making his home in Oglethorpe, GA.  In Oglethorpe, Straus, meet the Kaufman brothers.  (This collection does not contain any biographical information on the Kaufman family).  Working out a deal with the brothers Strauss began peddling.  His travels brought him to nearby Talbotton, of Talbot County.  In 1854 Lazarus Straus brought his family from Europe to Talbotton (his wife Sara and his children, Isador, Hermina, Nathan, and Oscar.  In 1963 the family moved to Columbus, GA.  In April 1965, due to looting and chaos, Lazarus Strauss moved his family to Philadelphia.  Isador, following involvement with blockade-running with cotton out of Charleston, ended up in London trading in Confederate bonds.  The later story of the father and sons establishing a chinaware department in the Macy store and subsequently acquiring the entire operation which developed into one of the world’s great merchandising establishment. Also include in this collection is much information on the Hirsch/Kaufman family.  Herman Hirsch, a German Jewish immigrant arrived in New York City in 1860.  A few months later he moved to Monticello, FL, where he enlisted in Captain Girardeau’s company, where he saw service in several Southern campaigns.  He fell in love and married Miss Carolyn Lehman of Mobile AL.  Mr. Hirsch was among the best known and most popular business men in the area.  He did extensive business in Seale, Ala and Woodbury, GA.   Scope and Content  Of special interest is an “Address to the Historic Talbotton Foundation” discussing the relationship between the Kaufman and Strauss family. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Confederate States of America – money 1986 – 1864
2 Correspondence 1896 -1994
3 Davis, Jefferson – funeral 1889
4 Genealogies and histories of Hirsch and Kaufman families 1973 – 1993
5 Hirsch, Eliza – obituary 1896
6 Hirsch, Herman – biographical information 1897 - 1991
7 Hirsch, Hermann – correspondence 1863 – 1896
8 Hirsch, Hermann – marriage to Eliza Lehman 1869
9 Hirsch, Hermann – memorials and obituary 1897
10 Jewish National Fund – tree certificate 1973
11 Newspaper articles 1903
12 Southern Jewish Historical Society 1990 -1994
13 Temple B’nai Israel – Columbus, Georgia 1908


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