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Moise Kaplan Papers

Identifier: Mss 388

Scope and Contents

The researcher interested in documenting Jewish concerns and the varied interests of a southern Jewish family will find this collection of special interest. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and then chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1951


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Biographical / Historical

Moise N. Kaplan (June 4, 1893-June 25, 1970) in Atlanta, GA. He was the son of Mr. Nathan. A. Kaplan, of Odessa, Russia, who founded Ahavath-Achim congregation in Atlanta in 1890 and Mrs. Jeanette (nee Marshall) Kaplan of Anniston, Alabama. In addition to Moise, the Kaplans were the parents of three other sons: A. N. Kaplan, Louis Ike Kaplan, and Ben W. Kaplan. Moise graduated from Boys’ High School in 1909. For several years, he worked as a secretary to James Osgood Wynn, president of Cosmopolitan Life Insurance. While in that position he attended Georgia Institute of Technology Night School of Commerce. An executive at Ford Motor Company in Atlanta, he was granted a leave of absence to enter the first Officer’s Training at Fort McPherson at the onset of WWII. Due to his small size, he was initially discharged from service. However, he managed to induce Joseph H. Hirsch, the local draft board chairman, to send him to Camp Gordon with the first ten drafted contingent from Atlanta. There at Camp Gordon he was the only solider assigned to the 319th field artillery, 82d division. He served as personal secretary to General Eben Swift, Commander of the 82d division. When the 82d division received orders overseas, Kaplan was reassigned to the 18th division headquarters, commanded by Brigadier General George H. Estes. Following that he was assigned to the Chief of Staff’s Office in Washington, DC. He was discharged from the Army in 1919. After the war, he returned to Atlanta to work for Princess Dress Manufacturing Company. After several years working in the manufacturing industry he returned to the life insurance business. Fishing had been a part of Kaplan’s life since the age of about 12. He recalls visiting an uncle out west in Oklahoma, where he was initiated into the “Grand Fishing Fraternity” by a Native American whom he remembers as “Fed.” Kaplan’s father, Nathan believes that fishing is his son’s inherited birthright. The father recalls that he himself often missed school in Odessa to catch fish in the Black Sea. Moise died on June 25, 1970 at age 77 at his residence in Atlanta located on Briarcliff Road. He was survived by his wife and brother Ben W. Kaplan. He was laid to rest at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild was the officiant.


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Moise Kaplan was a graduate of Boys' High School and attended Georgia Tech’s night school of Commerce. He served in the Army during WWII. After the war he returned to Atlanta and the insurance industry. He engaged in sports fishing and later authored several books on the subject.


All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and then chronologically within each folder.

Moise Kaplan Papers
Leslie Spencer
May 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States