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Oral History Interview with Dr. Alfred M. Neumann, 1976 October 6

Identifier: B098.01.0001.00002


"Dr. Alfred Neumann recounts his experience as a Vienna refugee and his migration to New York in 1938, where he received graduate training in social work. He discusses his marriage, family life, and positions in social work--most notably his directorship of the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Denver (JFCS) from 1948 to 1976. In this interview Dr. Neumann gives details about the founding of this agency, the various services it provided, and the ways in which Jewish European immigrants assisted by JFCS later contributed to the Jewish community in Denver. He also discusses the agency's staff and volunteers, the role that its board played, and funding of the agency. Dr. Neumann provides information about the resettlement of Jewish Europeans as well as their social lives and employment in Denver after World War II.

Dr. Alfred Mayer Neumann was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1910. He came to the United States in 1938 after barely escaping deportation to Dachau concentration camp. Neumann received a doctorate in Vienna and later earned a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York in 1942. He married another Austrian refugee in New York in 1942, and they had two children. Dr. Neumann became the first professional director of the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Denver (the name would later be changed to the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Colorado) and served in that role until 1976. After his retirement from JFCS, he moved to Arizona. Dr. Neumann died in 2002."


  • 1976 October 6


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Signed Release Form 1976 October 6. The recording is unrestricted. Release filed in Box 22.


1 Items (1 sound tape cassette)

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Series 1 consists of the recorded oral histories of individuals and, occasionally, groups of individuals representing Jewish organizations. Many of the interviewees are descendants of early Colorado Jewish pioneers or were Jewish newcomers to the state in the beginning of the 20th century. The interviews document Jewish history in Colorado in the 20th century.


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