News:
  First Name:  Last Name:
Log In
Advanced Search
Surnames
What's New
Most Wanted
  • Photos
  • Documents
  • Headstones
  • Albums
    All Media
    Cemeteries
    Places
    Notes
    Dates and Anniversaries
    Calendar
    Reports
    Sources
    Repositories
    DNA Tests
    Statistics
    Change Language
    Bookmarks
    Contact Us

    Alice Sachs

    Female 1905 - 2001  (95 years)


    Personal Information    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

    • Name Alice Sachs 
      Born 25 Nov 1905  Wilton, McLean, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Female 
      Graduation 1927  UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Died 12 Nov 2001  Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Obituary 17 Nov 2001  San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      • Alice Sachs Hamburg, a peace activist for more than half a century, died Monday at age 96 in her Berkeley home.
        Mrs. Hamburg became an international spokeswoman for the peace movement when she founded Women Strike for Peace in 1950, and she was active in the movement until her death.
        She had been organizing protests against the current war in Afghanistan and in a recent interview with The Chronicle said the movement had shown surprising vitality, responding more quickly than at the initial stages of the Vietnam War.
        "Our motto is justice, not vengeance," she said. "Let us not become the evil we deplore.
        "I don't know if I will see rapprochement with our enemies in my own lifetime," she added. "But I owe it to my progeny to help us get there."
        Mrs. Hamburg's death occurred just as her autobiography, "Grass Roots: From Prairie to Politics," is coming out. It will be published on Dec. 1 by Creative Arts Book Co. of Berkeley.
        Born to an impoverished Jewish immigrant family on a North Dakota homestead,
        she ventured west to study economics at the University of California at Berkeley, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1927. That year, she married rancher Sam Hamburg, who pioneered large-scale industrial farming in the Los Banos area of Merced County and, later, cotton growing in Israel.
        Mrs. Hamburg taught school in the San Joaquin Valley farming community of Dos Palos (Merced County) before moving to Berkeley in 1948. Her activism caught the worried attention of officialdom early on, and she was subpoenaed to testify before the California Senate's Fact Finding Committee on Un- American Activities -- the so-called Burns Committee -- in 1951.
        In pressing what became a one-woman global campaign after founding Women Strike for Peace, Mrs. Hamburg arranged exchanges with Soviet women and peace groups in India, Japan and elsewhere.
        During the 1960s, Mrs. Hamburg became engaged in the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley and the Mississippi Summer campaign for civil rights in 1964. She also was a leader in several organizations that demonstrated against the Vietnam War.
        During the 1980s, while producing oral histories of prominent Berkeley figures, Mrs. Hamburg also served as coordinator for the 1987 Mother's Day demonstration at the Nevada nuclear test site.
        She was widely praised by influential Californians.
        Nobel Peace Prize laureate Linus Pauling said he had been "inspired by Alice's strong commitment and contributions to world peace and justice."
        Former Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Oakland, commended her for "decades of work on behalf of world peace and disarmament."
        And the late Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote in 1983 that "as usual . . . Alice made nothing but sense and enlightenment."
        Mrs. Hamburg was honored by the Commission on the Status of Women in 1993 and in 1997 with the Jane Addams Peace Association Tribute Award. She was also honored by the Berkeley Community Fund and the American Friends Service Committee for a lifetime of peace advocacy.
        She is survived by twin daughters Tanya Goldsmith of San Francisco and Sonya Ruehl of Orinda, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her son, Aron, predeceased her.
        A memorial service is pending.
        The family suggests contributions to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom -- East Bay, 2303 Ellsworth, Berkeley, CA 94704.
      Obituary 19 Nov 2001  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      • Alice Hamburg, 96; Activist Began Women's Peace Group by Myrna Oliver Alice Sachs Hamburg, who stood up to the California Un-American Activities Committee half a century ago, campaigned for peace throughout her life, and in her final weeks was organizing protests against the war in Afghanistan, has died. She was 96. Hamburg, who founded Women Strike for Peace in 1950, died Nov. 12 in her Berkeley home of natural causes. "Our motto is justice, not vengeance," Hamburg said during her recent efforts, repeating a mantra she had used during so many other conflicts. "Let us not become the evil we deplore." In 1951, the sometime schoolteacher was subpoenaed before the California Senate's Fact Finding Committee on Un-American Activities--known as the Burns Committee--which was then interrogating people in San Francisco's City Hall. What brought Hamburg under the senators' microscope was her position as recording secretary for the East Bay Council for Arts, Sciences and Professions, which had hosted a reception attended by purported communist singer-actor Paul Robeson. With guests like that, legislators figured, the arts council had to be involved in subversive activity. Unbowed, Hamburg told the committee that the proceedings "constitute a flagrant violation of all the democratic principles which are our great American heritage." If the committee hoped to bully her into returning to her classroom or her kitchen, the effort backfired. "It was a troubling time," Hamburg said two years ago, explaining how the experience fired her up to work for peace and civil rights. "It was not easy to take these stands. But . . . I felt that I owed something to society. After the hearings, I realized the injustice of it, and I became much more dedicated." With her international Women Strike for Peace, Hamburg arranged exchanges with women in the Soviet Union and peace groups in India, Japan and other nations. One of Hamburg's first campaigns, after moving to Berkeley in 1948, was working for racial integration of Bay Area schools. In the 1960s, she was actively involved in Berkeley's Free Speech Movement and in marches and protests for civil rights in the South, including the Mississippi Summer campaign of 1964. She opposed the war in Vietnam, leading protests and counseling young men on avoiding the draft. She also opposed armed conflicts in Nicaragua and the Middle East. "Wherever my government is involved, that's where I am concerned," Hamburg said in 1997 when she was given the Tribute Award by the Jane Addams Peace Assn. on its 50th anniversary. Her international activism, Hamburg added then, was prompted by her "interest in any place in the world where there is oppression." "I am opposed," she said, "to all who are pushing for military solutions to the world's problems, and I look at these issues from a universal point of view." Hamburg's peace efforts encompassed passionate campaigns against nuclear weapons. In 1987, she coordinated a Mother's Day protest at a Nevada nuclear test site and personally "trespassed" to express her opposition. In 1994, she expressed her feelings in a letter to the San Francisco Examiner, praising a series of articles headlined "War Games: Testing the nuclear future" by Keay Davidson. "Many of us had hoped that with the end of the 'Soviet Threat' and the imminent signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," she wrote as she approached 90, "we could put aside our fears of a nuclear holocaust. We longed for the much-delayed peace 'dividends' to repair our infrastructure, upgrade our educational institutions, house the homeless, train our youth and in general restore our position as a world leader. "Testing nuclear bombs, no matter how it is accomplished," she continued, "means greater threat to the environment, more proliferation, more pollution and more billions wasted." A familiar voice in the Bay Area for more than five decades, Hamburg was once saluted by late San Francisco columnist Herb Caen after one of her typical tirades: "As usual . . . Alice made nothing but sense and enlightenment." Born to poor Jewish immigrants on a North Dakota homestead, Alice Sachs moved to the Bay Area to study economics at UC Berkeley. After her 1927 graduation, she married rancher Sam Hamburg, who pioneered large-scale industrial farming in Merced County and cotton growing in Israel. She taught school in the farming community of Dos Palos in the San Joaquin Valley before moving to Berkeley. Her farming-to-urban activism background provided the title for Hamburg's autobiography, to be published Dec. 1, "Grass Roots: From Prairie to Politics." In addition to the Jane Addams Peace award, Hamburg was honored by the Commission on the Status of Women, the Berkeley Community Fund and the American Friends Service Committee. Much of her dedication to peace activism, she often said, was prompted by her responsibility as a mother. Hamburg, who outlived her son, Aron, is survived by twin daughters, Tanya Goldsmith of San Francisco and Sonya Ruehl of Orinda, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The family has asked that any memorial donations be sent to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 2303 Ellsworth, Berkeley, CA 94704.
      Person ID I1803  My Family Tree
      Last Modified 7 Aug 2005 

      Father Herman Sachs,   b. 05 Jan 1873, Skopishoki, Kovna, Gobernia, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1944, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
      Mother Hannah Shmuelson,   b. Abt 1882, Pokroi, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Family ID F961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Samuel D. Hamburg,   b. 01 Sep 1899, Pinsk, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1969, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
      Married 15 Jun 1926  San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Children 
       1. Aron Hamburg
      Last Modified 20 Sep 2018 
      Family ID F959  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jun 1926 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Nov 2001 - Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsObituary - 17 Nov 2001 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsObituary - 19 Nov 2001 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 
      Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set