RITTENBERG, HENRY,1917-2012, INTERVIEWEE

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RITTENBERG, HENRY, 1917-2012, INTERVIEWEE

Transcript and audio of oral history intervew, Charleston, S.C. and by telephone from Arlington, VA, 2012 January 5
Interviewed by Libby Rittenberg in Charleston, S.C. and Lester Bergen by telephone from Arlington, VA.
Transcript 11 p., 1 CD 25.51.
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In this interview, Henry Rittenberg, a Citadel Graduate Class 1938, remembers his experiences as a Jewish cadet. At this time, about five hundred young men were part of the Corps of Cadets but only ten or twelve of them were Jewish. Catholics and Protestants were able to express their faith on campus, but Jewish cadets did not have that privilege. There were no organized Jewish services, a rabbi never visited the campus, and Jewish cadets had to request permission to leave for the High Holy Days. Moreover, The Citadel did not offer accommodations for the Jewish cadets to have kosher food or keep the Shabbat. However, Rittenberg reflects that these kind of religious issues were not very concerning among his peers, commenting they were not ignored but rather they were “under the radar”. In the interview, Rittenberg names other Jewish cadets that attended The Citadel in the 1930s and early 40s. Finally, Rittenberg tells about his participation on ad hoc committees for the Board of Visitors during the 1990s. In that role, he participated in important discussions such as the admission of women to the Corps and the filming of the movie Lords of Discipline based on Pat Conroy’s book of the same name.

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