Members of the Texas Jewish Historical Society met in Austin the weekend of June 10 and 11 for the organization’s quarterly gathering.
Saturday night the group heard a presentation by Gregg Philipson, collector of Nazi war propaganda. Philipson has an extensive collection of World War II anti-Semitic material ranging from tiny desktop items to uniforms, art and books.
After a career in marketing, Philipson devoted his life to the collection. Every room in his Austin home contains articles he has collected. He recently was part of an exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin, the opening of which was the most attended event of its kind in the museum’s history.
The TJHS morning business meeting in June took place in the B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue, which was moved from Brenham to its present location on the Dell Campus in Austin in 2015.
Among the items on the agenda was a request for $25,000 from the Corsicana Preservation Foundation and the city of Corsicana Park and Recreation Department for updating and maintenance of the Temple Beth-El synagogue building in Corsicana. The synagogue closed in 1980 but is now used for various secular events and a Jewish service once a month. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has a Texas Historic Marker. TJHS approved this grant as well as a grant for $2,500 to fund the production of an oral history video of Jewish Latinas and Latinos in the Houston Metropolitan area.
TJHS’ next quarterly meeting will be in Marshall on October 21 and 22.