Respondent
Cody, Sam
Interview Date
February 9, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent's work as Blacksmith is mentioned as is his synagogue and his Jewish education. Respondent describes father's privileges as an army veteran. The synagogue's importance to social life in Kishinev is noted. Respondent reports his interest in Zionism and his perception of U.S. in Bessarabia. Respondent mentions his marriage and the in-laws who previously immigrated to the U.S. Respondent's route to, and arrival in, Providence, R.I. are indicated. Respondent recounts name change and compares opportunities in U.S. and Europe. Respondent notes citizenship information and residences in Pittsburgh. Respondent's jobs, wages and hours at Pennsylvania Railroad and American Bridge are detailed. Respondent describes acquiring English and indicates good relations with gentiles. Respondent's activities at Irene Kaufmann Settlement and Zionist organizations are noted. Respondent indicates religious observances and synagogue membership. Organizational affiliations and social activities are enumerated.
[T1S2] Respondent mentions volunteer and wage- earning work of later years. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent comments on intermarriage and notes children's secular and Jewish educations.
Subjects
Artisans; Workmanship; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Zionism
Birth Date
1893
City
Kishinev
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1924
Profession
Blacksmith (Eu), Welder
Work
Pennsylvania Railroad; American Bridge
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave.
Occupation (father)
Tavern Owner
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Leiber, Ruth
Indexer
Goldberg, Carolyn; Smuckler, Grace
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 13
Identifier
ais196440.075
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh