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Respondent
Friedland, Mrs. William (Ida)
Interview Date
August, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details and indicates father's name change. Father's and siblings' previous immigration to U.S. are mentioned. First residence in Pittsburgh and grandfather's occupation in Europe are noted. Respondent notes father's job in U.S. and enumerates household objects brought to U.S. Doctor's advice regarding Respondent's hair length is recounted. Respondent indicates accommodations in Pittsburgh. Mother's education is mentioned, as are family's religious observances. Respondent's emotions the first time she worked on Saturday are expressed. Respondent details wages as saleswoman and notes commute to work. Respondent mentions inability to afford vocational schooling. Marriage information is provided. Cultural pursuits, organizational affiliations and recreational activities are enumerated. Child's Jewish and secular educations are discussed. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent mentions friends in Pittsburgh. [Tape distorted]
Subjects
Sabbath Observance
Birth Date
1886
City
Grinkiskis
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1892
Profession
Saleswoman
Work
Homestead, PA; South Side; Carrick
Residence
Downtown, Grant Street; Hill District; Congress St.; Carrick
Occupation (father)
Grocer
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Bloom, Evelyn
Indexer
Jenkins, Georgann K.
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 12
Identifier
ais196440.152
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Glick, Charles
Interview Date
March 11, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Grandmother's store and stepfather's job are mentioned. Extent of Respondent's education is indicated; town's synagogues are enumerated. Government's taxation and protection of Jew's liquor business are mentioned. Respondent indicates relatives in U.S. and motivation to emigrate. Respondent notes destination in and route to U.S. Cost of ship ticket and use of passport in Amsterdam are noted. Respondent's name change in U.S. and business opportunities in Europe are indicated. Respondent recounts remedy for stomachache when peddling. Wages, work and hours at bakery are recounted; hours and commission as peddler are detailed. Respondent's Pittsburgh first residences and time spent at jobs are noted.
[T1S2] Respondent reports days of work and ownership of store. Respondent notes night school attendance and acquisition of english. cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent reports religious observances and synagogue attendance. Respondent indicates cost of doctor's visits. Respondent explains not waiting for loan from Irene Kaufmann Settlement. Respondent's charitable contributions and recreational activities are noted. Contact with relatives in Pittsburgh and in Europe is reported. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Children's work and families are discussed; Respondent's affection for parents upon arrival in U.S. is expressed.
Subjects
Family life; Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Peddlers and Peddling
Birth Date
1886?
City
Bessarabia
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1909
Profession
Bakery worker, Clothes peddler, Storeowner
Work
Finleyville; Markowitz Bakery, Homestead, PA; Slutsky Bros., Charles Klein, Fifth Ave.
Residence
Hill District, Fulton St., Wooster St.
Occupation (father)
Government worker (Eu)
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Harrison, Mary
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 18
Identifier
ais196440.160
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Slawkin, Harry
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Specifies the size of Respondent's towns' Jewish populations and home's lack of amenities in Belarus. Father's job and family's change of residences in Belarus are reported. Grandfather's work as melamed, Respondent's Russian schooling and aunt's boarding house are noted. Interiors of Romadon's and Forol's synagogues are mentioned. Respondent relates the legal impetus for father's emigration and circumstances of own emigration. Respondent's and father's wages in stogie factory are noted. Respondent describes deception using another's Russian passport and indicates route to U.S. Respondent reports money received on arrival, items brought to U.S. and origins of Russian family name. Respondent reports first meal in Baltimore and purgative given by relatives in Pittsburgh. Respondent's first Pittsburgh residence is indicated. Respondent discusses obtaining work while underage and reports hours of work in stogie factory.
[T1S2] The duration, leaders and extent of 1913 stogiemaker's strike are indicated. Stogies are contrasted with cigars; sources of tobacco are discussed. The strike's goals and gains are detailed; Stogiemaker Union's affiliation with Industrial Workers of the World is explained. Respondent's legal studies in Tennessee, night school studies in Pittsburgh and religious studies in Europe are noted. Cultural pursuits, especially Yiddish theater, are enumerated. Respondent relates ceasing to daven and indicates locations of father's synagogue. Locations of medical care in Pittsburgh are indicated. Respondent enumerates Zionist and Socialist organizational affiliations. Restaurants where Respondent socialized and classes taught by the Columbian Council (NCJW) are specified. Respondent relates antagonism with uncle in Russia concerning Communism and expresses own Socialist activities. Marriage information is provided.
[T2S3] Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted. Respondent indicates differences in religiousness in own and father's home. Respondent's relocation from Indiana to Pittsburgh is noted. Respondent recounts being reported as killed in World War I.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Cigar Makers' International Union of America; Tobacco industry; World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives
Birth Date
1893
City
Romadon (Poltova) Forol, Piratin
Country
Belarus
Emigration Date
1906
Profession
Stogie factory worker
Work
Homestead, PA
Residence
Hill District, Tannehill St.
Occupation (father)
Flour mill Salesman
Length (hours)
2
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 8
Identifier
ais196440.436
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Fineberg, Herman
Interview Date
March 18, 1975
Abstract
Fineberg, Herman, a local businessman who served as a fundraiser for various community organizations and as secretary and board member, Zionist Movement and recording secretary, American Jewish Congress; year of birth, 1907
[T1S1] birth in Hill District of Pittsburgh; father owner of small grocery 28th Street and Liberty Avenue in 1912; father's death; mother's remarriage; family background and history of Hill District; grandparents, Russian immigrants; family move to Homestead, PA in 1913; opens grocery store; recollections of immigrant workers at Homestead Steel, working in the grocery store, and starting school at Homestead Grade School; religious education; selling newspapers on Eighth Street; employment of brothers; move to Forsythe Street in Hill District; Jewish congregations in the Hill District; recollections of Vine and Reed Grocery Street; school on Fifth Avenue; recollections of commencement for his graduating class of 1924; president of senior class;
[T1S2] No abstract for this side.
[T2S3] recollections of a trip to Greece; holding an Israel Bond meeting in his home in 1954; more family background; discussion of United Jewish Fund and his various roles in the organization including Trades Industry chairman; formation of United Jewish Federation in 1940s; discussion of the Jewish Home for the Aged; fundraising with Julius Halpern for that organization; involvement with Montefiore Hospital; role in Zionist movement prior to the creation of the state of Israel; office in Keystone Building, Fourth Avenue; secretary and board member of Zionist movement; discussion of scholarship for youth in Israel; recording secretary, American Jewish Congress; active in United Fund; board member, Allegheny Conference of Christians and Jews; board member, Duquesne University and Allegheny Community College; mention of Hebrew Institute on Wylie Avenue; background and work of Histradrut; discussion of the National Jewish Service Organization at the end of WWII; people involved with that organization;
[T2S4] annual conference of Jewish Communication Organization; changes in Jewish community in his lifetime; fundraising for Brandeis University; fundraising for Home for Aged and a discussion of a study on the aged by University of Pittsburgh; consolidation of Jewish newspapers; organization of Jewish Publication Society; first Israel Bond meeting, 1951 at Hotel Schenley; Golda Meir, speaker for this meeting.
Subjects
Business; Industries; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Zionism
Birth Date
1907
City
Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Businessman
Residence
Hill District, Homestead
Occupation (father)
Grocer
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Baskin, Marcia
Interviewer2
Alpert
Indexer
Dell
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 26
Identifier
ais196440.123
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Marcus, Jacob Rader
Interview Date
May 9, 1979
Abstract
Jacob Rader Marcus, a PhD who attended Hebrew Union College; birth year, 1896;
[T1S1] parents' and siblings' names; parents from Lithuania; their marriage in the United States; his birth in New Haven, PA; father's peddling business; change of family name upon immigration to United States; father's education; parents settle in Pittsburgh; father's job in a machine shop and then the steel mills until the strikes; becomes a peddler; early life in Homestead area of Pittsburgh; affiliation with Homestead Rodef Shalom; failure of father's business; children boarded in school in West Virginia;
[T1S2] his Jewish education; early medical care; joins father in Wheeling, WV, for public and high school education; recreational activities and friends as a child; his Bar Mitzvah; enters Hebrew Union College at age 15, then the University of Cincinnati; father's retirement; parents move to Pittsburgh and join B'nai Israel; Jewish cultural life; political affiliation; division among orthodox and reform Jews; hobbies; siblings' educations.
Subjects
Jews--Education
Birth Date
1896
City
New Haven, CT?
Profession
Scholar
Work
Hebrew Union College
Residence
Homestead; Munhall
Occupation (father)
Peddler/Menswear
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selavan, Ida
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne and Roberts, Jo Ann
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 21
Identifier
ais196440.296
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Meyers, Sophia
Interview Date
March 2, 1982
Abstract
Sophia Meyers, a Russian immigrant whose family settled in Pittsburgh during the depression; year of birth, 1895;
[T1S1] early life in Philadelphia, PA; father's job selling circus souvenirs; marriage in 1917; education at Fifth Avenue High School; siblings' educations;
[T1S2] Blank
[T2S3] religious atmosphere in home; early life with siblings; deaths of siblings and parents; discussion of grandmother's wealthy family in Russia; recreation and work in father's store; courtship and marriage to Herman Meyers; husband's career in oral surgery; first Jewish oral surgeon in Pittsburgh; residence in Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh; children's education; recollection of family's arrival in Philadelphia upon immigration; discussion of children's education, families, and careers;
[T2S4] friendship with Emma Goldman; attending Margaret Sanger's lectures; taking courses at the University of Pittsburgh, lectures at the Carnegie Museum; her parents' love of opera; cultural changes in Pittsburgh; interest in the arts, reading; friendship with Rose Meyerson; the importance of friendship;
[T3S5] recollections of arriving in Philadelphia; arrival in Pittsburgh; recollections of father, playing with siblings, grandmother's stories about Russia; description of neighborhood in Oakland section Pittsburgh; taking chickens and dogs to Children's Hospital as a child; meeting her husband; more discussion of his career; children's educations; family activities; son's work with Dr. Finegold in the field of infertility; influences in her life; recollections of the Homestead Strike; father's political involvement;
[T3S6] cultural influences as a child; attending lectures; more discussion of family; hearing president Taft speak at Point Park in Pittsburgh; the importance of education and friendship
Subjects
Dentists; Dentistry; Mouth--Surgery; Homestead Strike, Homestead, Pa., 1892
Birth Date
1894
Country
Russia
Residence
Oakland
Occupation (father)
Novelty Business
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Joseph, Florence
Interviewer2
Faigen, Ann
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 30
Identifier
ais196440.308
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Lasday, Harry
Interview Date
1983
Abstract
Harry Lasday owned a jewelry business in Braddock; born in 1902;
[T1S1] his birth in Homestead, PA, outside of Pittsburgh; father's dry goods store and service as president of the Homestead school board; atmosphere in parents' home; comparison between Homestead and Pittsburgh; recollections of adolescent years; residence in Braddock, PA, after his marriage; his jewelry business in Braddock during the late 1920s; travels; changes in neighborhoods in Pittsburgh; comparison of his upbringing versus that of his children; recollections of the circus in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh; recollections of life in Braddock; discussion of his jewelry store; his involvement with Braddock Lion's Club, the Braddock school board, housing in Braddock, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross;
[T1S2] Blank
[T2S3] father's political involvement; education, the University of Pittsburgh; names of his three brothers; parents' background; father's service as second president of Beth Shalom Synagogue; affiliation with Rodef Shalom Temple; parents' involvement with the Independent Order of Oddfellows; atmosphere in his parents' home; high school education; discussion of early education; early medical care; courtship and marriage; his wife's background; family vacations; effects of WWI and WWII on life in Braddock;
[T2S4] recollection of a carnival in Rankin, PA; his service as president of the Pennsylvania State Jeweller's Association; founder, Airport Lions Club; opening a jewelry business in 1952 at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport location; recollections of travelers who visited his airport jewelry store, including president Truman;
[T3S5] more discussion of his life in Braddock, PA; the Jewish community in Braddock; more discussion of his airport jewelry business and expansion of concessions at the airport; his service as president of an concessionaires association at the airport more recollections of customers in his store; attending a Lion's Club convention in Nice, France.
[T3S6] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Braddock (Pa.); Business; Industries; Homestead (Pa.); City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Lasday, Linda
Interviewer2
Edelstein, Ruth
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 18
Identifier
ais196440.256
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)
Respondent
Pearl, Fanny
Interview Date
1984
Abstract
Fanny Pearl, a founding member of the Pioneer Women of Pittsburgh and a past national secretary of the same organization;
[T1S1] family emigrates from Russia to Pittsburgh, PA, in 1910; education, Fifth Avenue High School; marriage in 1915; her four children; involvement with Zionist labor movement in 1922; the beginnings of Pioneer Women (PW); her trip to Israel; recollections of WWII;
[T1S2] Golda Meir's stay in her home on her visit to Pittsburgh, 1934; hosting Yitzhak Ben Zvi in her home; an anecdote concerning her small son; Samuel Hyman, builder of the home for PW; their family store in the Homestead area of Pittsburgh; Meir's visits to Pittsburgh; the beginning of PW in her home in 1922; fundraising for the organization; her service as national secretary of PW; her involvement with the Labor Zionist movement; her fundraising luncheon for Labor Zionists.
Subjects
Pioneer Women (Organization : U.S.)
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1910
Residence
Hill District; Fullerton St.
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Gorby, Sarah
Interviewer2
Gelman, Marlene
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 2
Identifier
ais196440.342
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh
NCJW Oral History Project (ASC)