Respondent
Blitz, Esther
Interview Date
November 4, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Characterizes own religious observance. Cost of doctor visit and Respondent's attitude toward early doctor are mentioned. Respondent's organizational and charitable affiliations are noted. Recreational activities are enumerated; Respondent's preferences for an evening's company are expressed. Respondent indicates centrality of home to socializing and notes husband's American Legion membership. Attendance of family's Passover celebration is reported, as is contact with relatives in Europe. Respondent comments on change of political affiliation. Marriage information is provided. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted. Respondent reports relationship with parents in Europe.
[T1S2] Grandmother's inn and Respondent's home in Russia are described. Father's expertise as cheesemaker is indicated. Respondent explains delay in family's emigration. Arrangements to obtain tickets to U.S. are related. Tutors and cheder in Russia are noted. Respondent indicates parents' synagogue attendance. Jews' fear of violence by Russians is expressed; Respondent's expectations of U.S. are recounted. Relatives previously in U.S. and their occupations are noted. Respondent's route to U.S. and passage through Ellis Island are indicated. Respondent discusses household items brought to U.S. and recounts first eating bananas. Inability to speak English is recounted. First Pittsburgh residence is indicated, as is assistance of black neighbors. Respondent enumerates residences changes. Respondent notes languages used with customers on the South Side. Wages and hours at department store are detailed; locations of husband's store are noted. Cultural pursuits are enumerated; family's religiosity is noted.
Subjects
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Judaism--Relations--Europe--Christianity; Quality of life--Europe; Medical care; Manners and customs
Birth Date
1898
City
Kopyl
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1908
Profession
Saleswoman
Residence
Hill District, Wylie Ave.; South Side
Occupation (father)
Cheesemaker
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Wolken, Toby
Indexer
Sawyer, Michael
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.045
Rights
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