El Paso Family Owned Businesses
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
El Paso native born November 28, 1919. Middle child of Hedwig Mathias and Maurice Schwartz. Worked at Popular most of his life except during World War II.
Summary of Interview
Discusses family background and the circumstances which led to his parents being in El Paso. Discusses how The Popular determines who the President of the family business will be; business philosophy of The Popular; how the store helped people during the depression; childhood memories; college experiences (UT Austin); story of how he was instrumental in the rescue of his cousins ( the Preisz sisters) from Germany at the close of the war; his role in the El Paso chapter of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League; stories his father told of the Mexican Revolution and the store; Villa's raid on Columbus, N.M.; reflections on family owned businesses; retail businesses as a whole.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
1 hour and 45 minutes
Listen to the Interview
Interview with Albert Schwartz by Becky Craver, 1993, "Interview no. 791," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.