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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives

MEMOIRIST:           GOLDIE BERTONE

INTERVIEWER:      SANDRA BERMAN

LOCATION:            ATLANTA, GEORGIA 

DATE:                     OCTOBER 28, 2019

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Biography

Goldie Traub Bertone was born in a DP camp in Bad Worishofen, Germany. Her mother, Bella Urbach Solnick, and father, Pinkus Solnick, were both survivors originally from Poland. Two of her father’s brothers also survived, but her mother was the only survivor of her immediate family. When Goldie was an infant, her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. Within a few years, her father had opened a grocery store. Later he became a successful real estate developer. Goldie and her two younger sisters enjoyed a comfortable childhood in a nice home with many friends. The family belonged to Ahavath Achim synagogue and forged close relationships with the families of other survivors. Goldie belonged to the inaugural class at the Hebrew Academy. After graduating from Grady High School, she attended the University of Georgia. Today, Goldie and her sisters actively share their family’s experiences with new generations at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum as well as the Florida Holocaust Museum.

Scope of Interview:

Goldie introduces her parents and their arrival in the United States. She recaps her father’s early career. Goldie relates how her mother came to meet and marry her father in a DP camp. She recalls her family’s relationships within the Holocaust survivor community in Atlanta. Goldie describes the black community in downtown Atlanta where her father owned a grocery store. She recounts multiple robberies during the 1960s. Goldie explains how her father moved into real estate development. She recalls her family’s social activities. Goldie recollects about her parents’ opening up about their experiences. She reflects on the challenges her mother faced in trying to begin a new life while adapting to a new country. Goldie shares why she feels it is important to remember her parents’ story. She reminisces about her father. Goldie considers her parents’ perspectives on civil rights in the South. She mentions her enrollment in the Hebrew Academy. Goldie reflects on how her parents’ experiences influenced here. She talks about the food and participants in social outings. The interview closes with Goldie’s assessment of her parents’ success.

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