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Adler, Lou and Edna, December 1, 2000



Lou and Edna Adler were interviewed by Albert Baron and Ruth Einstein on December 1, 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Creation: December 1, 2000

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Ludwig (Lou) Adler, 84, of Atlanta, died on the day of his 59th wedding anniversary, (February 10, 2011). Born May 7, 1926 in Edelfingen Germany,his parents sent him to Amsterdam soon after Kristallnacht in 1938. Through the Kindertransport, he left Amsterdam for England on May 14, 1940, on the SS Bodegraven, along with 74 other refugee Jewish children, one hour before Holland capitulated to the Nazis. He spent the next couple of years in a foster home.

In 1943 he came to the United States, was reunited with his parents and sister, and joined the US Navy three weeks after arrival. During the last two years of World War II, he served on the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier. While in England he apprenticed as a cabinetmaker and became adept at carpentry.

After he was discharged from the Navy, he attended architecture school at Cooper Union for a couple of years but was not able to complete his degree due to the need to support his family. He combined his carpentry skills and design training when he and a partner opened Hill Manufacturing, a furniture manufacturing company in NY. As his career progressed, he specialized in the design and manufacturing of furniture for beauty and barber shops. In 1963, a career opportunity brought him to Atlanta, GA and he eventually opened Lou Adler & Associates with his wife, Edna.

Erna (Edna) Adler, 88, of Atlanta, died Nov. 25, 2018. Edna was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Her family, including her mother, father and sister Hilda, escaped Germany soon after Kristallnacht, arriving in New York via The Netherlands, in 1940. Her family settled in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, where she met her husband Ludwig (Lou) soon after the end of World War II. They married in 1952, and after a brief stop in Connecticut, moved to Atlanta in 1963.

Edna was as an active volunteer in the community. Over the years her volunteering was spread over a wide spectrum of the community, including, among others, American Red Cross, Congregation Beth Jacob, Yeshiva Atlanta High School, Fernbank Museum and Congregation Beth Tefillah.


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