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Golda Ginsburg Krolik

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Golda Ginsburg Krolik until we are able to commission a full entry.

Golda Krolik accepting an award. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.

Golda Ginsburg Krolik fought to improve human rights throughout the twentieth century, from helping the poor to rescuing Holocaust survivors to offering equal opportunities to African Americans. The daughter of suffragist Ida Ginsburg, Krolik graduated from the University of Michigan in 1917 and went into journalism, working as Society Editor for the Jewish Chronicle and becoming the first female editor of the Michigan Daily. She went on to work in the United Jewish Charities Campaign and served as publicity director for the Detroit Community Fund. She volunteered at two of Detroit’s free medical clinics, the Hannah Schloss Building and the North End Clinic. In the 1930s and 1940s, she and her husband helped 21 of their relatives flee Nazi Europe and resettle in America, and she became president of the Resettlement Service. In 1943, after a race riot, she became the first woman appointed to the Detroit Commission on Community Relations. She served with distinction for 24 years, responding to protests of discrimination in nursing by raising funds for a counselor to assist black students and growing the number of black nurses from 6 to 1,000.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Golda Ginsburg Krolik." (Viewed on April 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/krolik-golda>.


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