Respondent
Burke, Ethel
Interview Date
March 23, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent's public school attendance and family's travel for parents' attendance of synagogue are reported. Respondent indicates unintended nature of Respondent's immigration and first impressions of U.S. First residence with relatives is discussed as are effects of Respondent's upbringing. Respondent expresses dissatisfaction with tobacco work at Elinoff's factory. Change of residences is indicated. Respondent details wages and hours in stogie factory. Work as saleswoman is mentioned. Respondent mentions concerts and operas in Pittsburgh and comments on soapbox orators. Respondent recounts religious observances and visiting shochet in Romania. Respondent reports attending weddings uninvited. Health changes due to stogie factory work are indicated. Respondent's organizational membership and recreational activities are enumerated. Respondent's Jewish and gentile friends are specified. Respondent recounts attending Catholic activities. Sister's occupations and husband are detailed. [T1S2] Brothers' fates are reported. Respondent provides citizenship information and recounts meeting husband. Marriage information is provided. Respondent recounts the financing and purchase of a confectionery store. Daughter's interest in medicine and medical education is detailed; Respondent comments on daughter's Hebrew studies. Respondent's upbringing is compared to daughter's.
Subjects
Jewish-Catholic Relations; Merchants; Tobacco industry
Birth Date
1888
City
Bucharest
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1904
Profession
Stogie factory worker, Saleswoman, Storeowner
Work
Elinoff Factory
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave., Bedford Ave.
Occupation (father)
Bookkeeper
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Bloom, Evelyn
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.060
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh