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
Philip Berman accounts his early childhood and family life living on a farm in rural Montgomery County and his family's involvement in the International Harvester trucking business. He discusses his series of business investments such as Hess's department store and his work in the nursing home industry in Allentown. Philip recalls how he became involved with the art world through his collection of works from budding artists, which led him to become the Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His experiences help to characterize this realm as being absent of anti-Semitism. In addition, he elaborates upon Jewish life in Philadelphia, his work with organizations of other faiths, and his donations of art to museums and exhibits both nationally and internationally.
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.
- Philip Berman Oral History, March 11, 1996
- Civic improvement, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Berman, Philip, 1915-
- Personal Names:
- Mallin, Muriel, Wood, Bill
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Organization / Building:
- International Harvester Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ursinus College, Hess's (Allentown, Pa.), Leader (Allentown, Pa.), United States Marine Corps, Friends of the Philadelphia Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jewish Publication Society, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, American Jewish Committee, National Human Relations Council, B'nai B'rith, Jewish Community Center (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
- Repository Collection:
- Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
- Oral Histories
- Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
- Transcript Identifier:
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