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New Life Club Collection

Identifier: MS-0574

Scope and Contents

The New Life Club Collection consists of files documenting the club's monthly meetings and special events and includes newsletters, photographs and newspaper clippings. The collection is arranged in chronological order.


  • Creation: 1983 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

New Life Club was started in the 1950s as a way for Holocaust survivors to be together, share their experiences, and celebrate the lives they made in San Diego after the Holocaust. They met at various synagogues such as Congregation Beth Tifilah and Tifereth Israel Synagogue. At meetings there were guest speakers on the Holocaust and other Jewish themes, such as Jewish music and culture. There were dinner dances and picnics. They celebrated members' life-cycle events and each year they had a community-wide Holocaust memorial service. Some members wrote about their Holocaust experiences and spoke about them in the community and around the country. As the children of the survivors became adults, they formed the Second Generation group which seeks to educate people on the Holocaust. Since many Holocaust survivors originally lived and worked in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, the Second Generation is working to teach about the history of the Jewish presence in North Park and through their Butterfly Project, teach about the Holocaust.


.84 Linear Feet (Two Hollinger boxes)

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Custodial History

Jan Landau donated five albums of photos, newsletters and clippings regarding the New Life Club of San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego (JHSSD #2018.01). The albums were created by Holocaust survivor Gussie Zaks and came to Landau by way of Zaks' children Jack Morgenstern and Marcia Rosenberg. The gift also included large poster size photos of Guzzie Zaks and her family in Europe which have been digitized.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in February 2020.


February 2020

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US