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Martin S. and Matiel Roos Leffler Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 402

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal papers of Martin S. Leffler (1917-2003), a leader of the Jewish Community of Savannah, Georgia. It contains his correspondence regarding the Levi Sheftall Family Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Downtown Savannah.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1762 - 1992


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There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Martin Stuart Leffler was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 9, 1917 to Edwin (1880-1942) and Miriam Herman (1885-1972) Leffler, both Georgia natives. He was educated in Savannah Public Schools and Georgia Tech, and served in the US Army during World War II, where he received the Purple Heart. He was the owner of Stuart Industries, a mattress distributor. He was a devoted member of Congregation Mickve Israel and served as President of the congregation for a time. Along with his religious activity, Mr. Leffler was a Master Gardener and a Mason, serving as Master of Clinton Masonic Lodge No. 54 in Savannah in 1964. He passed away on April 6, 2003 in his hometown.

Matiel Ann Roos was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 1, 1926 to David I. Roos, Sr. (1886-1976), and Beatrice Shoenig Roos (1900-1993), both Georgia natives. She was educated in the Savannah public school system and attended the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority and the Panhellenic Council. She was a Past President of the Sisterhood of Congregation Mickve Israel and a past Chairwoman of the United Jewish Appeal in Savannah. She passed away on July 14, 2017 at age 91 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Martin Leffler and Matiel Roos married on October 12, 1946, and they had three children, Nancy Leffler Sonenshine (b. Jan. 2, 1952), Ann Leffler Davis (b. April 23, 1948), and Martin Leffler, Jr. (b. Oct. 17, 1964).


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The personal papers of Martin Leffler, Sr., a Past President of Congregation Mickve Israel.


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Custodial History

The Martin S. and Matiel Roos Leffler Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

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Martin S. and Matiel Roos Leffler Family Papers, Mss 402
Lindsay Resnick
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States