Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Maurice and Anna Lee Wolff
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Part 2


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Anna Lee (Mrs. Maurice) Wolff was born in Minneapolis in 1886. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1908 and married Maurice Wolff in 1909. In 1914 she was the first president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Temple of Aaron. In 1918 she was a founder of the local organization of the National Council of Jewish Women, and for two terms she was president of the Minneapolis World Affairs Council. At the time of the interview she had been a member of a local writers' group for twenty-five years. Maurice Wolff was born in Minneapolis in 1884. His parents were very active in Temple Shore Tov (later Temple Israel). He graduated from high school in 1902 and went to work for the Rothchild advertising agency about five days later. He worked there until 1919, when he went to work in his wife's family's business. Later he was business editor of Lancet Publications, which included the medical journal Lancet. Wolff was president of the Jewish welfare board during World War I and was active in Masonry and skating. He was also a member of the board for Family and Children's Services of Hennepin County and lectured in advertising at the University of Minnesota, College of St. Thomas, and local business colleges. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Anna Lee Wolff--her early life in Minneapolis; activities in public and religious affairs; general absence of anti-Semitism; and her pacifist beliefs. Maurice Wolff--his career in advertising; interests in skating and social clubs; community service; and an absence of anti-Semitism. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: MHS received the interview material in 1972 from Mrs. Nathan Berman of the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service. The interview consists of two parts: part one is an interview with Anna Lee Wolff, and part two is an interview with Maurice Wolff.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:01:03 running time
Creation Interviewee: Wolff, Maurice
Interviewee: Wolff, Anna Lee
Interviewer: Gould, Mrs. V. R.
Subjects Jews -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Dates Creation: 06/14/1969
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 131
Accession Number AV2011.25.4
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project'

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