Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Marvin Bing, Siegfried Bing, October 8, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:45 - Biographical information, immigration to US from Germany, starting in business, getting married, early Lexington Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: Sieg Bing, how old are you?

Segment Synopsis: S. Bing outlines his early life, beginning in Mielhousen Germany, including parents' birthplaces. Discussion of move to US, early years in Lexington. Starting business, getting married, early Jewish community and friends in Lexington

Subjects: Temple Adath Israel; The Fair department store; immigrating from Germany to US

00:12:28 - Social activities in Lexington, Temple activities, Building new temple

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Partial Transcript: Back when you married Clemmie, was there a certain section where the Jewish people lived?

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Subjects: Antisemitism; Temple leadership, Building of the new temple on Ashland Avenue

00:17:41 - M Bing childhood, Jewish businesses in Frankfort

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Partial Transcript: Marvin, you went to school here in Lexington? Where did you go to school?

UK. UK and Henry Clay.

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Subjects: AZA; Jewish friends in Frankfort and Lexington; Jewish-owned businesses; Temple social functions; The Fair Store and Capitol Fashion Store; choir; youth groups

00:23:43 - Jewish families in Lexington in the 1920s and 30s.

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Partial Transcript: Tell us about some of the people that lived in Lexington early, when you were there

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00:27:23 - S. Bing painting and lithography career

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Partial Transcript: Sieg, when did you start to paint?

Segment Synopsis: Discussion of S. Bing's career as lithographer and artist.

Subjects: Lithography; apprenticeship; chromolithography

00:31:48 - Leaving Germany, early experiences in America

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Partial Transcript: He told me, he saw what's coming, he didn't like the looks of it, he saw, foresaw Hitler, he told me to get the hell out.

And you came to America.

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Subjects: Fleeing antisemitism in Germany

00:33:43 - Artwork over the course of S Bing's life

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Partial Transcript: But you did keep up your artwork, all these years.

No I didn't. I didn't have time for it.

Segment Synopsis: Description of S Bing's artistic endeavors, starting Frankfort Art Club

Subjects: Frankfort Art Club; Paul Sawyer Art Club; Show cards; painting

00:36:12 - Details of leaving Germany and arrival in America

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Partial Transcript: We left out one thing about you coming to this country. He was going to have to go into the Germany army.

Segment Synopsis: Details of leaving Germany and coming to America

Subjects: Immigration from German; the ship Neckar

00:39:01 - Recollections about Jewish community members

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Partial Transcript: Could you tell us something about, uh, Rabbi Thurman?

Segment Synopsis: Interviewers and S. and M. Bing tells stories about early members of the Jewish community in Lexington.

Subjects: Broadway and downtown Lexington neighborhood; Jane Scharego, Weils; Leonard Weil and family; Maury Bing and family; Paritzes; Rabbi Sam Thurman

00:47:28 - Events at the temple and temple renovation

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Partial Transcript: And I remember the meetings years ago that they had. In the sanctuary they had their board meetings.

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Subjects: Board meetings; congregational dinner; temple renovation

00:49:23 - M. Bing confirmation

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Partial Transcript: Marvin, who was the rabbi when you were confirmed?

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Subjects: Rabbi Grassman; confirmation

00:49:45 - Recollections about members of the Lexington Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: I was just having to think about it and it came to my mind.

What came to your mind Sieg?

Joe Weil was instrumental...

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Subjects: Weil family

00:51:41 - Conclusion of interview

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Partial Transcript: Well I want to tell you something, it was a pleasure.

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00:52:55 - Discussion of S Bing's art.

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Partial Transcript: Oh this is mother's picture

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Subjects: Art; apprenticeship; drawing techniques; lithography; painting

00:57:56 - Final conclusion

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Partial Transcript: Well, Sieg and Marvin, we three would like to thank you.

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