MS 200 Brigadier General Bernard Feingold Collection, 1922-1988

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by

Those of you who follow our Twitter feed or read the Baltimore Jewish Times know that the museum has reached Manuscript Collection 200! Here is the recently completed finding aid.

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From Brigadier General Bernard Feingold's uniform. 1993.43.5k

Brigadier General Bernard Feingold

Collection

 1922-1988

 MS 200

 Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Feingold collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Brigadier General Bernard Feingold in 1993 as accession 1993.43. The Collection was initially processed in 1993, but was reprocessed by Jennifer Swisko in 2011.

Access to the collection is partially restricted. Photocopied materials in the collection either do not belong to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, or have uncertain title. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from the materials in the collection.  Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.

Private Bernard Feingold, Ft. Meade, MD. 1938, 1993.43.17

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Brigadier General Bernard Feingold was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8, 1922.  He attended the Hebrew Parochial school until his graduation in 1935 and continued his education at Florence Nightingale junior high school.  After his graduation in 1937 he attended Baltimore City College, graduating in 1940.

Certificate of Completion, Hebrew Talmudical Seminary and Parochial School, for Bernard Feingold, June 25, 1934. 1993.43.22

In 1938-1939 Feingold joined the Citizens Military Training Corps (CMTC).  Then in 1940 he joined the Maryland Guard and remained there until called into active duty overseas during WWII. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of operations and took part in the Aleutian Islands campaigns, eventually attaining the rank of 1st sergeant.

After the war Feingold remained in the army and received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard based upon his military record.

When he returned toMarylandhe met Thelma Hirsch of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  They were married on January 23, 1949 inBaltimore.   Their only son, Dr. Alex Feingold was born on April 1, 1950.

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Feingold continued to move up the ranks and he was serving as executive officer of the 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division at the time of its deactivation in 1968.  He was then re-assigned to Maryland Army National Guard Headquarters where he first served as the training officer and then as chief military support to civil authorities.  On July 14, 1973 he was promoted to the rank of colonel.

Feingold’s final assignment was as the Director of Plans, operations and Training for the Maryland Army National Guard.  During this time he also served as the assistant chief of staff for the Maryland Army National Guard. He retired on July 14, 1978 with 40 years of military service.

Following his retirement from the Maryland Army National Guard he was employed as a consultant to the Adjutant General of Maryland and the Military Department from 1978-1980.  From 1980-1982 he was appointed State Quartermaster officer, Military Department, State ofMaryland.

In 1981 Feingold helped to create the Maryland National Guard Museum at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory and later was its director and curator. In 1982 he was appointed to the newly created position of Secretary to the Joint Staff which he held until 1983 and he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1984.

Following his retirement Brigadier General Bernard Feingold continued his work at the Maryland National Guard Museum.  He died on February 18, 1999 and in June of that year the 5th Regiment Armory Museum and Memorial Hall was dedicated to his honor.

General Feingold in full dress uniform, c.1980. 1993.43.18

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Feingold collection includes a range of material related to the life and interests of Brigadier General Bernard Feingold and consists of 23 folders that span the years 1922-1988.  The collection includes books, pamphlets, programs, certificates, personal correspondence and biographical research related to his military and personal interests.

Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973; Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988; Series III.  Biographical Research 1922-1988; Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945.

Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973.  The folders in this series contain prayer books issued to Jews in the armed forces.  It also includes several other religious books, readers for teaching Yiddish to children, and booklets related to Maryland synagogues.

Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988. This series contains programs and leaflets related to General Feingold’s life and interests.  It includes play and banquet programs, as well as convention information and collected anti-Vietnam and anti-Semitic leaflets.

Series III.  Biographical Research 1922-1988 The folders in this series contain biographical and archival information relating to Brigadier General Bernard Feingold, Staff Sergeant Isadore S. Jachman, Abe Sherman, and Dr. Herman Seidel.

Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945. This series contains certificates to and from the Feingold family from the Pioneer Women’s Forest for trees planted in their honor.

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MS 197 Menasha E. Katz Collection

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by

The JMM is lucky enough to have many small personal collections.  These collections sometimes focus on a single aspect of a person’s life or they might contain fragments of information about their youth and adulthood.  While these small personal collections don’t usually give us a complete picture, they tend to have those little details – a letter or a photo – that make the past come alive or strike a cord with genealogists looking for their ancestors.

Katz family members, in Romania, unidentified female cousin, Dina, Fanny, and mother. JMM 1988.75.9

Menasha E. Katz (b.1902) Collection

1947-1961 (bulk 1947-1953)

MS 197

 Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Menasha E. Katz Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Mr. Irwin Kramer in 1988 as accession 1988.75. The collection was processed in 2011 by Mary Barthelme.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual practices

US Army Patches worn by Katz. JMM 1988.75.14--.19

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Menasha E. Katz was born in 1902 inRomania.  He immigrated toBaltimorewith his father, Luzer Katz, mother, Golda Katz, and sister,Rebecca, in 1911.  Five other siblings, Samuel, Benjamin, Jake, Morris and Mary lived in theUnited Statesalready.  Katz served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1922. He then joined the Maryland Police Department.  He had a wife Fannie and four children, Marlene, Carolyn, Gloria and Benjamin.

In 1953 Menasha E. Katz was selected for the United States Pistol Team in the 4th World Maccabiah Olympics inIsrael.

Menasha Katz and Ronnie Greenfeld. JMM 1988.75.11

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Menasha E. Katz Collection consists of personal letters, booklets, yearbooks, and newspaper clippings and addresses related to the 4th World Maccabiah Olympics, family and the Holocaust, and the Jewish National Workers’ Alliance.  The letters are from family, Avram Pecenick in Romania, and from the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.  In the collection there are booklets on the Holocaust and the Nazi regime.  The collection also contains clippings and other ephemera related to the 4th World Maccabiah Olympic Games.  The collection is organized by personal items first and printed texts at the end.  Photographs include family members of Menasha E. Katz in Romania and Menasha E. Katz in various settings.

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MS 195 The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by

After a couple of archive posts about the collections of organizations, it’s time to get back to an individual.  The following collection is small, but packed, and deals primarily with the service of Sergeant Isaac Gordon during World War I.  Besides letters, Sergeant Gordon also saved several copies of the Stars and Stripes, the newspaper published by the US military.  After more than ninety years the cheap newspaper is a little worse for wear, but the content is still fascinating.  We were also able to find the full issues on line through the Library of Congress, which has digitized the Stars and Stripes published during World War I.  I’ve included a link for that site at the bottom of the finding aid.

Letter from Isaac to his sister Betty, December 28, 1917. 1985.122.2

Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers

1917-1930 (bulk 1917-1919)

MS 195

Jewish Museum of Maryland

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland in 1985 by his daughter, Phyllis Pollokoff. It was received as accession 1985.122. The collection was partially processed at an unknown date and completed by Andrea DeBoef in 2011.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.  Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.

Menu. 1985.122.7

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Isaac Gordon was born in Norfolk, VA about 1896. His father, Wolf Gordon, was born in Russia, but came through Baltimore when he immigrated. Isaac Gordon was with the U.S. Army Ambulance Services in France between 1917 and 1919. Isaac Gordon was later married to Mary Gordon. He died about 1981.

Order, submitted by Isaac Gordon, April 19, 1919. 1985.122.7

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Sergeant Isaac Gordon Papers are compiled from his time in the U.S. Army Ambulance Service with the French Army between 1917 and 1919. This collection includes personal letters to brothers Leroy and Jake; his sisters Betty, Anna, Sadie, and Flo; and his parents in Pittsburgh, PA, also military orders, an affidavit, a menu, and newspaper clippings. There are around 250 letters, but approximately 200 of these are photocopies. The owner retained the originals. The files are organized by type (letters, military papers, and newspaper clippings) and then chronologically. For preservation purposes, photocopies of the letters and clippings will be used for research.

The Library of Congress provides access to digitized copies of the Stars and Stripes from World War I at the following site:

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http:///memory.loc.gov/ammem/sgphtml/sashtml/

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