Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Simone Salomon, Janice Brock, January 15, 2008

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Grandparents escaping Germany and coming to Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, you can just tell me when your parents--did they come over or was it your grandparents who came over?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about their grandparents immigrating to America from Germany. They talk about why their grandparents chose to live in Lexington, Kentucky. Janice and Simone briefly talk about the family's store. They discuss their grandparents' experiences at Ellis Island.

Keywords: Grandparents; New York; Shoe stores; World War II; World War Two

Subjects: Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.); Families.; Germany.; Lexington (Ky.).; World War, 1939-1945

00:06:27 - Parent's work and military careers

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Partial Transcript: And so what did your father do when he came?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about the jobs their father held over the years including working at a Meijer store before being drafted into the Army. They discuss how their mother took over the family store when their grandfather passed away. They talk about how their parents met and when they were married. They talk about how their mother worked on assembly lines during the war.

Keywords: Drafted; Family stores; Meijer stores; Paid workers; Rosie the Riveter; Working middle class

Subjects: Jewish businesspeople; World War, 1939-1945--Participation, female; World War, 1939-1945--Women

00:10:37 - The family store / feeling Jewish

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Partial Transcript: So her parents had this store?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about the location of their family's store and when the store moved. They discuss working in the store and who their customers were. They talk about going to school and whether they felt different from their peers. They discuss Janice taking over the family store and its various locations over the years.

Keywords: Customers; Downtown Lexington (Ky.); Family stores; Schools; Western stores; Yiddish

Subjects: Families.; Jewish businesspeople; Jewish children--Kentucky--Lexington; Jewish merchants--Kentucky--Lexington.; Jews--Identity.

00:29:56 - Practicing the Jewish faith / gender roles

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Partial Transcript: What kinds of foods did you have growing up? Were you all kosher?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about how their family practiced their faith and who in their family took it more seriously than others. They discuss whether their parents conformed to traditional gender roles.

Keywords: Gardening; Gender; Ironing; Jewish faith; Jobs; Kosher; Relationships; Working; roles

Subjects: Families.; Gender; Jews--Identity.; Judaism

00:36:16 - Visiting relatives in Cincinnati

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Partial Transcript: Did you go to Cincinnati to visit?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about a trip their family took to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit relatives. They discuss the differences between Cincinnati and Lexington, Kentucky.

Keywords: Highways; Road trips; Vacations

Subjects: Cincinnati (Ohio); Families.; Georgetown (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.).

00:38:55 - More about the family store and other Jewish businesses

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Partial Transcript: They had a little store on Broadway. My grandmother.

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone reminisce about their family's downtown store. They discuss whether other nearby stores were also owned by Jewish families.

Keywords: Downtown Lexington; Family stores; Jewish; Jewish shops; Ladders; Main Street (Lexington, Ky.); Moving; neighbors

Subjects: Jewish businesspeople; Jewish merchants--Kentucky--Lexington.; Lexington (Ky.).

00:43:09 - Close relationship with their grandmother

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Partial Transcript: How old was your grandmother--I mean, how old were you all when your grandmother died?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone describe their grandmother and discuss their relationship with her.

Keywords: Advice; Driving; Friends; Grandmothers; Money; Rose Street (Lexington, Ky.); Stores; Telephone calls; Yiddish

Subjects: Families.; Jewish women--Kentucky--Lexington

00:50:04 - Minorities / neighborhood

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Partial Transcript: Do you rem--how did they talk about other minor--did they see themselves as a minority?

Segment Synopsis: Janice and Simone talk about whether their family considered themselves minorities and their interactions with other minorities. They talk about the neighborhood they grew up in and whether they had many Jewish neighbors. They talk about their parents' identification with the Jewish community. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: African Americans; Buses; Camaraderie; Customers; Employees; Henry Clay High School; Houses; Israel; Jewish community; Jewish families; Morton Middle School; Neighborhoods

Subjects: Jews--Identity.; Minorities--Kentucky--Lexington.; Race discrimination--Kentucky