2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2021 9:47 AM by Nancy Summers

    Seeking records of Edward Brody and Paul Finkelstein

    Nancy Summers Wayfarer

      Did two of my relatives lose their jobs from the "communist scare" in the 1950s?  Around WWII, Edward Brody graduated from college (in NY, I think) as a physics major. He then worked for the US Govt, I think in the field of photography.  At some time in the 1950s He was dismissed from his position and prevented from working again as a physicist. It is believed that the cause was the participation by his brother and father in union-related activities in the restaurant business.

       

      Paul Finkelstein graduated from university in NY, with a PhD in Chemistry, just after WWII. He was offered and accepted a position as a Post-Doctorate Fellow at a university in Ohio. But before he could begin, the offer of a position was withdrawn. It is believed that the reason was his father's participation in a shoemaker's union in NYC.

       

      Both men were Jewish, from immigrant families who came from Russia/Poland/Ukraine/Belarus. How might I find out more about what was happening at this time? Is it likely that there are any records of what happened to them? Thanks so much.

        • Re: Seeking records of Edward Brody and Paul Finkelstein
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Summers,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          In regards to Edward Brody, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and  include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.

           

          OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity since 1952 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center Annex. Written requests may be mailed or faxed to National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. The fax number is 618-935-3014. Please include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, and beginning and ending dates of Federal service. Certain information in the OPF may not be available to the general public without the written consent of the individual. For more information, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF),Federal (non-archival) Holdings and Access website.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL. Also, the Civilian Personnel Records Center closed on August 19, 2020 due to unsafe local public health metrics.  NARA has reopened the Civilian Personnel Records Center (CPR) in Valmeyer, IL since local conditions have improved. As of May 17, 2021, the CPR has moved to Phase Two. The CPR still will maintain minimal staffing levels to support emergency reference requests only. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          The National Archives does not have information regarding employment or fellowship offers at universities. For information regarding the Ohio University, please contact Ohio University’s Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

           

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