Respondent
Clair, Sarah
Interview Date
July 21, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent describes tactic to avoid conscription in Russia and father's adoption by a benefactor. Father's scholarliness and Respondent's home education are discussed. Jews' and police's actions during a pogrom in 1905 are described as are father's community duties. Brother's persecution and trial are recounted; correspondence with sister in Soviet Union is related. Respondent's route to Pittsburgh is indicated. Respondent explains her name change. Respondent's initial impression with U.S. conveniences is expressed.
[T1S2] Distress over not finding work after arrival in Pittsburgh is indicated; Respondent's residences are enumerated. Wages and hours as seamstress are detailed. Respondent's organizational affiliation, night school attendance, and cultural pursuits are discussed. Respondent reports gradual changes of her orthodox religious practices. Physicians that Respondent consulted in Pittsburgh are mentioned; Respondent's charities and recreations are enumerated. Weinstein's Restaurant is described (in Yiddish). Respondent notes meeting husband and provides citizenship and marital information.
Subjects
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Pogroms; Religious life--United States
Birth Date
1897?
City
Uman
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1914
Profession
Seamstress, Housewife
Work
Oakland
Residence
Hill District, Crawford St.
Occupation (father)
Bathhouse Owner
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selevan, Ida
Indexer
Goldberg, Carolyn
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 12
Identifier
ais196440.074
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh