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Lillian A. Friedberg Postcards

What’s online?

The online collection contains postcards (1933-1945) from the Friedberg Papers. Lillian A. Friedberg (1897-1978) was known for her leadership and participation in community organizations in the Pittsburgh area, such as the Jewish Community Relations Council, National Council of Jewish Women, and Allegheny County Council on Civil Rights, among others.

The earliest postcards, those from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, depict a world full of promise and prosperity, despite being set during the nation’s worst depression. The later postcards, all pertaining to World War II, tell a much different story through propaganda generated by the British Royal Air Force, French Resistance, and the Nazi regime.

What’s in the entire collection?

The Papers of Lillian A. Friedberg, 1904-1975 (AIS.2000.04) are housed at the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center. The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, educational material, war publications, postcards, and materials regarding her involvement in Jewish organizations in the Pittsburgh area.

About the Liallian A. Friedberg

Lillian Adlow Friedberg was born on December 18, 1897 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Eastern European immigrants who arrived in the United States in the 1880's. Lillian attended the Dillaway School from 1904-1910 and the Girls' Latin School from 1910-1914, both in Boston. She studied history, English and government at Radcliffe College, where she earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree. In 1918 she married Emanuel Friedberg, a Harvard Medical School graduate . Lillian and Emanuel settled in Pittsburgh where Emanual established a medical practice in the Hill District. The Friedbergs had two children, Judith and Simeon.

Lillian was known for her active leadership and participation in community organizations in the Pittsburgh area. She was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Pittsburgh from 1943-1965. During her tenure, Lillian was the only female Executive Director of the numerous JCRC organizations throughout the country.

Lillian also served on the boards of many (Jewish) communal agencies, as a professional lecturer affiliated with the Jewish Center Lecture Bureau, and an author of many subjects, including education, women's status and role in modern affairs, international and community relations and peace, civil liberties and human (Jewish) welfare, and international and cultural relations.

In addition to all of the above, Lillian was also the President of the Radcliffe Club of Western Pennsylvania, Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations and Adult Education Council of Greater Pittsburgh, Director of Education Programs for the Pittsburgh chapters of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women, and Vice-President of the American Jewish Congress of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh branch of the American Association of University Women, where she was also a board member. Lillian served on a variety of boards including the Hebrew Institute, Allegheny County Committee on Fair Employment Practices, Ladies Hospital Aid Society, United Jewish Fund of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Council on Civil Rights, and the Pittsburgh Conference of Christians and Jews.

Upon her retirement in 1965, Lillian A. Friedberg was recognized as one of the Distinguished Daughters of Pittsburgh for her contributions to academic, social, and civic life. Lillian Adlow Friedberg died in 1978.

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