Respondent
Boodman, Sam
Interview Date
May 20, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details and describes parents' work. Respondent outlines Hebrew education in Russia and describes town's synagogue. Respondent recounts changes of government and characterizes their relations with Jews. Brothers' previous immigration to U.S. is mentioned, as is Respondent's work as forced informant for Bolsheviks. Brothers' choice of destination in U.S. is explained. Respondent reports deception to leave town and extensively describes an illegal crossing into Romania in which Respondent's parents were captured by soldiers. Respondent indicates delays in Romania and in U.S. Respondent expresses first impressions of U.S. and Pittsburgh. Respondent recounts first clothing purchases and relates feeling of accomplishment in U.S. Respondent's first home is identified and compared to Respondent's in Russia. Hours and wages at Armour Company are discussed.
[T1S2] Respondent's acquisition of English is reported as is Respondent's treatment by gentile classmates. Respondent enumerates cultural pursuits and local meeting places. Changes in religious observances and attendance of Kether Torah are indicated. Respondent notes health care, lack of organizational affiliation, and social activities in Pittsburgh. Citizenship and marriage information are provided. Children's secular educations and the differences between his and their upbringings are reported.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1903
City
Tomashpol (Podolsky)
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1922
Profession
Laborer
Work
Armour Co.
Residence
Hill District, Trent St.
Occupation (father)
Melamed/Produce seller
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Wolken, Toby
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 5
Identifier
ais196440.054
Rights
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