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General Meeting – July 24 – Summer 2022

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The meeting is July 24, 2022 at 11:00am – Veterans Memorial Building.

Our speaker for the day will be Oliver Pollak, speaking about the Blum family and the development and history of Judaism in Contra Costa County. He has done research at the museum on the Blum family and he is a very interesting person.

Oliver B. Pollak was born in London, England in 1943. His parents were refugees from Austria and Germany. The family emigrated to America in November, 1952. He graduated with a BA in Social Science from California State University at Los Angeles and earned an MA and Ph.D. in History at UCLA. He received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1982. He taught history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1974 to 2012 and practiced law from 1983 until retirement in 2016.

“Place” has influenced his hundreds of publications. Service in the U.S. Navy led to researching Southeast Asia. Teaching at the University of Zimbabwe led African history publications. In Nebraska he cultivated an interest Nebraska and modern Jewish history. Oliver and his wife Karen retired in 2016 to Richmond to be close to their Bay Area children and grandchildren.

He helped curate the 2019 Richmond Museum of History exhibit on Contra Costa County Jewish History, a story that starts mid-19 th century Martinez. Oliver will share his Blum family discoveries.


July 24
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Kathy Braun


Veterans Hall
930 Ward St.
Martinez, CA 94553
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