Lottie Hirsch Goodwin (1916-2006)

Lottie Hirsch Goodwin was born Lieselotte Veronika Hirsch in Karlsruhe Baden, Germany, on November 20, 1916. She was the third and youngest child of Heinrich and Jenny Hirsch. Heinrich, later Henry Higdon, owned a factory that made military uniforms for the First World War and, after war ended with demilitarization, for the railroad and postal service. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Lottie attended university in Geneva, Switzerland where she studied nursery school education. She arrived in the New York in 1938, where she completed her studies at NYU to become an x-ray technician. Her father, only able to obtain a visa to immigrate to Cuba, spent about two years there before immigrating to the United States. He settled in Fresno, California. Lottie’s mother, along with her mother’s parents were deported to Gurs. After her mother was released, she went into hiding in France until the war ended and she was able to join her family in the United States. Lottie’s grandmother died in Gurs. After he was released, her grandfather lived in small town in France until he died. Lottie’s parents, Heinrich and Jenny, was separated for eight years.

In 1947, Lottie married Alfred Goodwin, whom she had known in Germany. They married in the rabbi’s study at Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. They lived first in Portland and then in Salt Lake City, Utah, returning to Portland in 1966. They had one daughter, Helen. Lottie was a life member and board member of the National Council of Jewish Women both in Salt Lake City and Portland. In Salt Lake City, she served as the chapter president. In recognition of her exceptional leadership and commitment to the Jewish community, the National Council of Jewish Women presented her with a Song of Miriam Award in 2002.

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