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Arthur Goodman Jr., 1990 April 22

Identifier: JC-GO0012

Scope and Contents

Longtime Charlotte resident Arthur Goodman Jr. recalls his memories of life as a member of the city's Jewish community during the twentieth century. He reminisces about family Passover traditions, Jewish education, and the positive impact his rabbi had on him and childhood friends. Goodman explains that in his experience, Jews were readily accepted in Charlotte among the wider community during the 1930s and 1940s, and cites his own father's active civic and political involvement as well as that of his childhood rabbi as evidence. He touches on the contributions that Charlotte Jews have made to the arts and culture in the region and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Goodman recalls the mood in Charlotte during World War II, and he discusses local reactions to the Holocaust and enthusiasm for Zionism. Likewise, he reflects on the changes in the Charlotte Jewish community, including the population explosion during the postwar era.


  • Creation: 1990 April 22

Conditions Governing Access

11 of the 13 interviews that comprise the Charlotte Jewish Historical Society oral history interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Arthur Goodman Jr. was a 63-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Mooresville, North Carolina in 1926. He was educated at Duke University School of Law and was employed as an attorney.


15 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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