Marlene Trestman provides a deep insight into the history of the Jewish Orphan's Home of New Orleans and the lives of those who grew up there. As a former client of the Jewish Children's Regional Service, Marlene discusses her personal journey from being orphaned at a young age to becoming a successful academic and legal professional.
Her new book Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans serves as a comprehensive history of the orphanage and profiles hundreds of former residents, detailing individual stories and experiences. Alongside her personal anecdotes, Marlene also shares the inspirational life story of Bessie Margolin, a resident of the orphanage who later became a New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate. She will be at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on November 15.
[02:37] Marlene's Career and Authorship
[03:10] Marlene's Personal Experiences with Bessie Margolin
[05:46] Introduction to Bessie Margolin's Life and Career
[08:40] Discussion on Marlene's New Book Title, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans' Home of New Orleans
[11:14] Unique Aspects of the Jewish Orphan's Home of New Orleans
[13:57] Impact of Anti-Semitism on the Home's Operations
[19:16] Role of the Home in Supporting Widows and Orphans
[21:30] The Home's Reach Beyond New Orleans
[23:04] Research Process and Findings
[27:06] Marlene's Personal Reflections and Takeaways
This is Season 6! For more episodes, go to stlintune.com
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