Judith Isaacson papers, 1912-1996


Judith (Jutka) Magyar Isaacson was born in Kaposvar, Hungary in 1925. A member of a Jewish family that was persecuted during World War II, Isaacson survived the Holocaust after spending time at both Auschwitz and Birkenau. She met her husband, Irving Isaacson, shortly after her liberation, and moved to Lewiston, Maine, his hometown. She received a degree in mathematics from Bates College (Class of 1965), and a masters from Bowdoin College. From 1969-1977 she served as first Dean of Women and then Dean of Students at Bates. The collection consists of her family papers, including letters written prior to and after World War II. The majority of letters are between Isaasonand resuming after the war. Many of the letters are between Judith, her aunt Magda, and her mother Rose, and some are in Hungarian and German. There are also numerous family documents and material related to Isaacson’s memoir Seed of Sarah.