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July 1943 - November 1945

Ted Katz in front of Frau Otto Hahn

Theodore Katz was born in Syracuse, New York on March 22, 1914. His parents were both born in Russia, and he was the oldest of two sons.

He graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University in 1938, and worked as an artist after graduation. At the same time he was playing the piano in jazz and swing groups. After the war he returned to Syracuse and married his fiancee Helen on December 2, 1945. They had one son, Richard.

Ted practiced both his art and his music after the war. He worked in at least two advertising agencies in Syracuse; by 1970 he was the Art Director at Chapman-Nowak Associates, and later he was Art Director at Conklin, Labbs, & Bebe, from which position he retired. Ted died on April 23, 1991, and is buried at Beth El Cemetery in Syracuse.

Ted wrote these letters to Helen during the war. Of the 400+ letters in the collection, 94 are shown here. The images displayed with the letters are also from the Katz collection unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in learning more about the Katz collection, or quoting from these letters in your research, contact

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