Respondent
Bernstein, Dora
Interview Date
November 23, 1968
Abstract
Mentions private teacher's schoolroom. Biographical material is provided; father's job is stated. Respondent recounts fees for the public school, attendance of a school for Jewish children, and the subjects studied. Respondent mentions location, and clothing for attendance, of synagogue. Relations between aristocratic Jews and non-Jews in Lithuania are described. Respondent explains father's charitable donations; mother's garden and generosity with its produce are described. Privileged townspeople's social club is mentioned; settings and food for holidays are described. Respondent explains family's relocation. Father's winter clothes and conveyances are described. Respondent outlines family dispute that caused father to move to South Africa and mentions the processing of hides for leather. Father's business partnership in Johannesburg and visit to Pittsburgh are mentioned. Respondent indicates household items brought with family to U.S. and their lack of passports. Respondent's route to U.S. is indicated; quarantine in Germany and seasickness on ship are mentioned. Respondent's arrival, and assistance received, in New York are indicated. Family's purchase of a grocery store is mentioned; house in New Castle is described. Customers and services of family store are described. Wages and hours at clothing store are detailed. Respondent enumerates cultural pursuits as well as expressing dislike of Yiddish theater. Religious observances are indicated; medical care and charitable contributions are noted.
[T1S2] Avoidance of social relations with gentiles in U.S. is explained. Respondent notes contact with friends in Europe and provides citizenship information. Respondent extensively recounts meeting husband and his work. Respondent describes meeting Yeshiva students and socializing with gentile boys in Lithuania. Information on marriage and married life is discussed. Husband's non-Jewish organizational affiliation is mentioned. Respondent describes Succoth decorations, Passover celebrations and wedding parties in Europe.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Judaism--Relations--Europe--Christianity; Merchants; Europe--Social life and customs
Birth Date
1888?
City
Taurage
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1909
Profession
SalesClerk
Residence
New Castle, PA
Occupation (father)
Leather worker (Eu), Grocer (US)
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Soloff, Hope
Indexer
Sawyer, Michael
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.039
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh