Respondent
Berkowitz, Bertha
Interview Date
August 26, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent's work as dressmaker and synagogue interiors in Europe are mentioned. Respondent's motivation for, and route of, immigration to U.S. are indicated. Indecision to remain in the U.S. is expressed; generous welcome by in-laws' friends is recounted. Respondent mentions family tree. Respondent explains preference of U.S. to European home in 1920s. Respondent recounts lack of conveniences in her first residence and homesickness. Respondent's Orthodox religious observance and association with strictly Orthodox Jews are discussed. Work in husband's shop is mentioned. Marriage information is provided. Respondent describes European friend who intermarried and own married life. Cultural pursuits, organizational affiliations and social activities are enumerated. Children's Jewish and secular educations are enumerated. Respondent contrasts her own and her parents' authority over children; son's difficulty in attending medical school is noted. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent's friends in Versailles and family in New York are enumerated. Gifts Respondent sent to friends in Europe are indicated.
Subjects
Child rearing; Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Quality of life
Birth Date
1889
City
Sabortsch?
Country
Austria-Hungary
Emigration Date
1921
Profession
Dressmaker (Eu), Butcher shop worker
Residence
Versailles; McKeesport PA
Occupation (father)
Slaughterhouse worker
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Brown, Cecil K.
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.036
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh