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Oral History Interview with Peryle Hayutin Beck, 1989 February 5

Identifier: B098.01.0006.00139


Peryle Hayutin Beck (1914-2006) recalls her family history, including the Ginsbergs' and Hayutins' origins in the Russian Empire; their arrival in America in the late 19th century; the loss of several relatives in World War I; her family's ties to the Lower East Side Jewish community in New York City and Memphis, Tennessee; the arrival of Dora Ginsberg, her paternal grandmother, in Denver, Colorado for health reasons; and the extended family's gradual move from New York to Denver. She also recounts her family's various businesses; growing up in the West Colfax Jewish neighborhood of Denver, including going to the Dickenson Branch Library, which became the Guldman Community Center; attending the Cheltenham Elementary School and the University of Denver; the origin of her first name, religious life in the community; various Jewish families in Denver she knew; her interest in the theater in Denver; the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression; her involvement with Beth Ha Medrosh Hagadol synagogue; her marriage to Ira M. Beck; his service in World War II; life on the home-front; anti-semitism; and her international travel. Peryle Hayutin Beck was born in Denver, Colorado on June 14, 1915 and was an organizer of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives. Her mother was Anna Ginsberg Hayutin and her father was Morris S. Hayutin. Her brother was Solomon Hayutin. Peryle Hayutin Beck died November 2, 2006.


  • 1989 February 5


Language of Materials

The interview was conducted in English with some Hebrew and Yiddish words and phrases.

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1 Items (3 sound tape cassettes)

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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair 3 audiotape cassettes 189 minutes


Interview conducted by Jeanne Abrams, Director of Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, 1989.


Digitized other analog

Title supplied by cataloger. ||Interview conducted in Denver, Colorado, February 6, 1989. ||Participants: Peryle Hayutin Beck; Jeanne E. Abrams. ||Transcripts in folder B120.02.0007.0003.


Repository Details

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