Helen Stern Lipton papers
Letters, postcards, and other materials relating to Helen Stern Lipton, a Jewish woman who left Kielce, Poland, in 1915. Correspondence in Yiddish (with English translations) from Lipton's family members in Poland focuses on efforts to help them escape to America before and during World War II. Includes materials from the 1964 meeting of the American Jewish Historical Society in Charleston, South Carolina, the Fall 2008 newsletter of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, and a set of tefillin with a cloth bag for storage.
- Lipton, Helen Stern, 1899-1987 (Person)
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Materials in English and Yiddish
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Helen Stern (1899-1987) was born to a large Jewish family in Kielce, Poland. She immigrated to the United States in 1915 to avoid an arranged marriage, joining her brother, Gabriel Stern, who had already emigrated. She followed her brother from New York City to Charleston, South Carolina, where she met and married Samuel H. Lipton (1894-1983), a native of Lithuania and resident of Beaufort, South Carolina. After marrying, the Liptons lived in Beaufort where they raised three sons, Joseph, Morey, and Alfred.
Helen Lipton's family in Poland, including her mother, Rivke Machale Sterenzys, one of her brothers, Chiam Sterenzys, and several of her nephews, wrote her letters and postcards before, during, and after World War II. The bulk of this correspondence includes pleas for help in immigrating to the United States, addressed to both Helen and Gabriel Stern.
0.5 linear feet (12 folders)
Letters, postcards, and other materials relating to Helen Stern Lipton, a Jewish woman who left Poland in 1915. Correspondence in Yiddish (with English translations) from Lipton's family members in Poland focuses on efforts to help them escape to America before and during World War II. Includes a set of tefillin with a cloth bag for storage.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Materials donated in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Joseph J. Lipton.
Processed by Rebecca McClure, May 2011.
- Inventory of the Helen Stern Lipton Papers, 1932-2008
- Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
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