Respondent
Chaitkin, Aaron
Interview Date
March 18, 1969
Abstract
Describes Libav's culture. Respondent recounts Russian anti-Jewish edict and father's jobs. Biographical details are provided. School attendance fees and private tutors are described. Respondent describes his home studies and work as apothecary assistant. Respondent comments on Russian socialists' ideals. Respondent's father's store in U.S. and own desire to emigrate are mentioned. Respondent's route to, and impressions of, U.S. are indicated. Respondent mentions residences, wages in store and night school attendance. Cultural pursuits and transportation costs within Pittsburgh are noted. [Blank] Respondent's religious affiliation and extent of family's observance are mentioned. Respondent discusses the establishment and initial composition of Beth Israel. Respondent's organizational affiliations are enumerated; his two marriages are mentioned.
[T1S2] Respondent's gratification to have immigrated to U.S. is indicated. Citizenship and political affiliation information is provided. Respondent discusses gentile friends in Pittsburgh's North Side. Respondent provides marriage information and notes relatives in the U.S. Respondent's contentment with the U.S. is expressed.
Subjects
Education--Europe; Europe; Judaism--Relations--Christianity; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Religious life; Synagogues: Beth Isreal (North Side: Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1887
City
Libav [Liepaja]
Country
Latvia
Emigration Date
1906
Profession
Apothecary assistant (Eu), Store Clerk
Residence
North Side
Occupation (father)
Storeowner, Grain record keeper
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Katz, Mrs. E.
Indexer
Silberman, Shirley
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 8
Identifier
ais196440.072
Rights
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