Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish
New Year. There
he joined heartily and thankfully in his first large family type
celebration since living in America. He shared in the prayer
responses with the other men of the family, and he was immedi
ately taken by the loveliness of the Kahnweiler daughter, Fridalyn,
as she lit the candles. •-'■"
Returning to Vincennes, Adam once more had a goal to work toward--to build his business so that he could earn enough to ask for Fridalyn's hand in marriage. Eventually he was able to achieve this goal, and they were married and became the parents of seven natural sons and one adopted son.
I have gone to great lengths to explain Adam Gimbel's background because he contributed much to Vincennes. As the first Jew to the area, he paved the way for future generations of Jews; his background in Judaism added to his determination to treat all as equal; and, he made great strides in the business world through his work in the development of the department store concept, which plays a great role in today's businesses. Throughout his long journey from Barvaria to Vincennes, his Jewish faith strengthed his unrelentless drive to achieve his goals and helped him to rise above the tragedies which struck his young life.
Adam Gimbel was buried in the Jewish Crown Hill Cemetery for a number of years, and the family plot still exists. However, his body was exhumed and moved to New York by family members a number of years ago. After learning of his deep love for Vincennes, I believe he would have preferred to have had his body remain here.