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Ruth Lebowich papers

Identifier: IWA1033

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Scope and Contents

The Ruth Lebowich papers date from 1945 to 2018 measure 2.5 linear inches (1 box). The papers are arranged in four series: Family History, Photographs, Audio Visual, and Artifact.

The Family History series (1949-2018) includes immigration documents and newspaper clippings.

The Photographs series (1945-1975 and undated) shows the Jewish community in Sioux City, Iowa, including family, friends, and fellow parishioners.

The Audio Visual series (n.d.) includes Yiddish songs and Jewish stories on five CD’s.

The Artifact series(1945) consists of the tin plate that Martin (Moishe) Lebowich received upon entering a displaced persons camp in Germany following the Holocaust.


  • Creation: 1945-2018


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Ruth Lebowich was born in 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Jewish immigrants, Martin (Moishe) Lebowich and Fanny Wolanski Lebowich. Her parents and older brother Gordon emigrated from Germany after living in a displaced persons’ camp following the Holocaust, and the family settled in Sioux City, Iowa. Ruth Lebowich graduated from Sioux City’s Central High School in 1971 and attended the University of South Dakota for two years. Following that, she worked in a packinghouse. In 2003, she married Steven Palash, who worked as a laborer in Sioux City. Lebowich and her family were active in Congregation Beth Shalom in Sioux City.


2.50 linear inches

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Sioux City woman whose German Jewish parents emigrated to Sioux City, Iowa, after living in a displaced persons camp following World War II

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1468) were donated by Ruth Lebowich in 2016 and subsequent years.

Heidi Parker, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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