Respondent
Aronsen, Harry
Interview Date
October 11, 1969
Abstract
[T1S1] IN YIDDISH
[T1S2] [BLANK]
[T2S3] [Interviewer translates from Yiddish] Respondent reports days of work in barrel business and change of profession. Father's work away from home in Europe is noted. Respondent recounts treatment in Europe for childhood concussion. Respondent relates relatives' scholarliness and acquisition of English in U.S. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent illustrates gradual changes in religious observance and expresses father's imagined response to Respondent's lifestyle in 1960s. Respondent explains not becoming a member of Washington Street Shul and indicates arrangements for son's Jewish education. Wife's reason to keep kosher and gradual non-observance is recounted. Attendance of Zionist conventions in early 1900s and of lectures at Syria Mosque is indicated. Respondent notes contact with gentiles in U.S. and death of friend in New York. Respondent's contact with relatives in U.S. and Palestine are reported.
Subjects
Medical care--Europe; Religious life--United States; Synagogues; Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1879
City
Pakruojis
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
<1902
Profession
Barrel salesman, Insurance salesman
Residence
Akron, OH; Pittsburgh
Occupation (father)
Melamed
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selevan, Ida
Indexer
Lewis, Cynthia
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.024
Rights
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