About this Collection

The Feinstein Center's oral history project consists of 48 interviews which were conducted by staff and volunteers between 1996 and 1999. They sought to capture and record the experiences of Jews who played a significant role in business, political, cultural, educational, philanthropic, and other aspects of the community.

About this Interview

Gustave Amsterdam, Philadelphian lawyer and businessman, talks of his education and the University of Pennsylvania, business relationship with Albert Greenfield, his time in the Army, and extended business career. He discusses his Army Duty and the anti-semitism he experienced there as the first he encountered, furthermore, he describes his involvement in the liberation of several concentration camps during World War II. After the war he returned to working with Albert Greenfield and describes his real estate endeavors and controversies and involvement in Bankers Securities Corporation.

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Biographical / Historical Note

"Preserving the Voices of History: The Feinstein Center Jewish Philadelphia Oral History Project" gathered an oral history collection containing the memory of Jews who were central to the growth and development of the Philadelphia Jewish community. The project focused on interviewing Jews who contributed to the integration of Jews in the larger Philadelphia community and on women and how they have integrated being a woman and being Jewish in the twentieth century.

Record Details

Gustave Amsterdam Oral History, October 08, 1996
Jewish lawyers – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Amsterdam, Gustave G.
Personal Names:
Greenfield, Albert, Specter, Arlen
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Albert M. Greenfield , Co., Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Redevelopment Authority (Philadelphia, Pa.), Bankers Securities Corporation (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Repository Collection:
Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
Oral Histories
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About This Collection

Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories

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The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History promotes the study of the of the Philadelphia Jewish community.
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