Respondent
Adelman, Alex
Interview Date
January 25, 1970
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Parents' occupations are noted; Respondent's attendance of Slobodka Yeshiva is mentioned. Respondent explains leaving Yeshiva and working on river. Town's shuls and father's responsibilities are noted. Contact with non-Jews is reported. Father's reputation as healer is illustrated (in Yiddish). Respondent's motivation to emigrate is reported. Respondent's work as bootmaker and membership of Poale Zion in Europe are reported. Family's experience in Palestine is related; Respondent's illegal border crossing into Germany is recounted. Route to U.S. and temporary housing in Germany are indicated
[T1S2] Respondent's arrival in Pittsburgh is reported; purgative given on arrival is recounted (some in Yiddish). Siblings' living arrangements in Pittsburgh are noted; first residence is noted. Wages, hours and union membership as pantsmaker in Pittsburgh are indicated. Respondent's business venture and conscription are noted. Respondent indicates lack of formal schooling and enumerates cultural pursuits. Synagogue affiliation is reported. Recreational activities are reported.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives
Birth Date
1887
City
Kaunas (Kovno)
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1909
Profession
Pants maker
Residence
Fulton St.; New York
Occupation (father)
Dayan/Storeowner
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selavan, Ida
Indexer
Wray, Wendell
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.008
Rights
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