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John W. Friedmann was born on June 21, 1921 in Glogau, Silesia, Germany. Mr. Friedmann escaped to England 3 months before World War II and became a British subject after the war. He emigrated to the United States, first to New York and then to Seattle with his wife, Ulla. They arrived in Washington state in 1950 and bought a house on Mercer Island in 1952. They raised three children, and have 6 grandchildren. He is now married to Madelaine Georgette, and they live on Mercer Island.
John Friedmann helped found Overlake Jewish Religion School in 1957 and was appointed as Chairman of the Building Committee for the Herzl Synagogue in 1963.
2 sound cassettes (1 original and 1 copy) of a 60-minute tape recorded interview conducted on April 26, 2001, a 19-page transcript, a photograph, newsletter, photocopies of newsclippings and correspondence, and other written reminiscences. In the interview and writings, Mr. Friedmann describes his early life and family in Glogau, Germany before World War II. He talks about the family business, his education, his time in England during the war, and the fact that all of his family in Germany perished in the Holocaust. Mr. Friedmann talks about his emigration to the United States, his first wife Ulla, and their life in New York and, later, Seattle. He describes his work, family, and community activism for organizations such as Congregation Ner Tamid and Overlake Lodge B'nai Brith. He also talks about his work founding the Overlake Jewish Religion School, the construction of the new Herzl synagogue in Seward Park, the merger of the Herzl and Ner Tamid congregations, and forming a Holocaust Memorial committee.
Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.
Listen to the audio recording of the interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.
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