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Breibart family photographs

Identifier: Mss 1034-108

Collection Overview

The collection consists of photographs and photograph facsimiles of members of the Breibart family of Charleston, South Carolina, primarily during the 1920s and 1930s. The majority of photographs feature four of the five children of Ida Goldberg and Samuel Breibart: Solomon, Mildred, Sidney, and Jack. Photographs also include members of the Goldberg family, such as Ida's parents, Sarah Rebecca Lifshitz and Jacob Goldberg, George Goldberg with his wife Ida Alpern Goldberg, as well as family friends in the Hirsch, Brickman, and Feldman families. The collection also contains a program for an event commemorating a close family friend, Leon Feldman.


  • Creation: 1916-1938, 1999


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Samuel Breibart (1893-1981) was born to Zlate Friedman and Beryl Breitbard in Russia. He immigrated to the United States in 1906 or 1907 and settled in New York City, where he began working as a tailor. Samuel married Ida Goldberg (1895-1975) on December 20, 1913, and the couple moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in November 1914, shortly before Ida gave birth to her first child. Sam and Ida had five children: Solomon Breibart (1914-2009), George Breibart (1917-2014), Mildred "Mickey" Breibart Sonenshine (1923- ), Sidney Breibart (1928- ) and Jack Breibart (1931- ). Samuel opened and operated a grocery store on Meeting Street in Charleston known as Breibart's Grocery.

Solomon Breibart attended the College of Charleston and earned his MA and teaching certificate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1938. During this period, he became an active member of Aleph Zadik Aleph, a Jewish youth organization affiliated with B'nai Brith. After graduation, Breibart taught at the High School of Charleston before moving to Rivers High School in 1957, where he became assistant principal. After retiring from teaching in 1976, Breibart began researching topics relating to Charleston's Jewish history, particularly Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). Breibart gave talks and lectures on his findings and published numerous articles in KKBE's bulletin, the Charleston Jewish Journal, and newsletters of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (JHSSC).

George Breibart attended Charleston High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star. He worked for many years in the family grocery store on Meeting Street. The only daughter of the family, Mickey Breibart married Irving "Itchy" Sonenshine (1921-2013) in 1946 and the couple settled in Charleston. Sidney Breibart graduated from the College of Charleston and went on to attend medical school at Duke University, becoming a pediatrician and settling in Atlanta, Georgia. Jack Breibart graduated from the College of Charleston and went on to get a master's degree from the University North Carolina. After graduation he became a journalist, writing for newspapers in North and South Carolina and Florida before joining the San Francisco Chronicle, where he worked as a news editor from 1977-1995.


2 folders (16 items)


Photographs and photograph facsimiles of members of the Breibart family of Charleston, South Carolina. Samuel Breibart established a grocery store on Meeting Street called Breibart's Grocery. Photographs primarily include four of his five children: Solomon Breibart, a high school teacher and local historian, Mildred Breibart Sonenshine, Sidney Breibart, a pediatrician, and Jack Breibart, a journalist and newspaper editor. Also included are a small number of photographs of the Goldberg family and family friends, as well as a program from an event commemorating a close family friend, Leon Feldman.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2014 by Mildred "Mickey" Breibart Sonenshine.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include Solomon Breibart Professional Papers (Mss 1084), Solomon and Sara Breibart papers (Mss 1085), the Breibart-Lazarus family papers (Mss 1032), and oral histories with Solomon Breibart (Mss 1035-13, 1035-224, 1035-279), Mildred "Mickey" Breibart Sonenshine (Mss 1035-391), and Irving "Itchy" Sonenshine (Mss 1035-169, 1035-171).

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Processed by Amy Lazarus, November 2015.

Inventory of the Breibart Family Photographs, 1916-1938, 1999
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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