Respondent
Abram, Ruben
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent's attendance of public school, which discriminated against Jews, is explained. Subjects studied in parochial schools are enumerated. Jews' response to anti-Semitic rioters in Lasi is recounted. Young men's avoidance of the army is explained. Father's wages in New York and teaching position in Russian vocational school are reported. Father's experience obtaining work constructing wooden streetcars in Newark, Ohio, is recounted. Father's wages are detailed; company's appreciation of father is indicated. Family's route to Pittsburgh is indicated. Procedure at Ellis Island to direct immigrants onto trains is described. Respondent notes items brought to U.S. and smokiness of Pittsburgh. Family's first residence is indicated. Respondent's evaluation on first day at Franklin School is recounted, as is after-school language instruction. Size of father's shop in Europe and Respondent's wages in Pittsburgh are mentioned. Respondent's promotion to floor manager is recounted; wages and hours are detailed. Respondent's advancement to salesman is mentioned. [T1S2] [Blank] Respondent comments upon son's Jewish education at Beth Shalom and notes daughter's Jewish education. Respondent conveys respect for father.
Subjects
Antisemitism--Europe; Artisans; Workmanship; Immigrants--United States--Education; Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.); Emigration and immigration--United States--Personal narratives Jewish; Europe; Franklin School (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1890
City
Iasi
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1902
Profession
Wholesale clothing stockboy, Floor manager and salesman
Work
M. Oppenheimer and Co.
Occupation (father)
Carpenter
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Wolken, Toby
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.004
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh