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Dates:  1917-1957

Creator:  Weitz family

Summary/Abstract:  Documents and photographs relating to the Weitz family of Savannah, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 361, Weitz Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition: Gift of Mary Weitz Friedman, 2003.

Custodial History: The Weitz Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives which were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Processed by:  Luciana M. Spracher, 2003; Lindsay B. Resnick, 2016.

Arrangement: The folders in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order by family member’s name.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Mary Leah Koblentz (1873-1929) married Louis Weitz and had a son, Isadore Weitz (1893-1979), in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia).  Isadore married Lena Cranman (1906-1997) with whom he had two daughters, Elizabeth (b. June 27, 1924) and Mary (b. September 6, 1931). 

Mary married Erwin “Ernie” Friedman (1931-2014), the son of Harry Roy (1901-1986) and Rose Kadish Friedman (1899-1991) of Savannah, Georgia.  Together they had a son, Stephen Samuel (b. 1954), and a daughter, Abby Lynn (b. 1957).  Ernie and Mary were sweethearts from the time Ernie was 15 and they were at Savannah High School.  Mary was Queen Esther during the Purim Carnival of 1947.  They married after he graduated from Armstrong Junior College (now Armstrong State University) with an Associate’s degree.  Ernie continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Later, he furthered his education at Emory Law School and New York University. He was a partner in the law firm of Friedman, Haslam, and Weiner, and was also a real estate developer. He died on March 5, 2014 at the age of 83. The couple were members of Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah.

Ida (originally Chaia) Frances Weitz was born in Dvinsk, Russia, in 1900, the daughter of Mary Koblentz Weitz and Louis Weitz. She was a sister of Isadore Weitz and was a member of the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah.  In 1923 she married Jacob Ulman (1896-1967), and in 1936 became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She died in 1973. Louis Weitz served as president of Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob in 1933.

Scope and Content: This collection includes correspondence, articles, and photocopies of photographs relating to several members of the Weitz family and collected by Mary Weitz Friedman. Items of interest are discharge papers for Isadore Weitz from the US National Guard (1917) and the US Army (1919) and color photocopies of a photograph of Ida Weitz (Ulman) in her Girl Scout uniform. There are several photocopies of photographs of members of the Weitz family in the collection. The original photos were separated to the Savannah Jewish Archives collection of photographs and can be located using the item numbers identified on the photocopy and listed in the following inventory.

Collection Inventory







Ida Weitz

1919-1933, undated



Isadore Weitz




Lena Cranman Weitz




Louis Weitz




Mary Weitz Friedman




Mary Koblentz Weitz




Mollie Weitz


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