Respondent
Cohen, Lena
Interview Date
January 9, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Good relations with non-Jews in cities are indicated; the popular desire to emigrate from Russia is noted. Respondent mentions relatives' previous immigration to U.S. and expresses her motivation to follow. Difficulties en route and possessions brought to U.S. are recounted. Respondent discusses parents' peddling jobs and residences in Millvale.
[T1S2] Respondent enumerates her residences, schools and jobs in Pittsburgh. Respondent's husband's work and mother's real estate business are discussed. Respondent describes husband's religious affiliation and discusses her disappointment with his synagogue. Respondent describes late husband's character and details children's occupations.
[T2S3] Respondent's school attendance and relations with classmates are reported. Respondent comments on Christmas observance in school. Respondent mentions private religious education and her children's activities. Respondent's cultural pursuits and religious observances are indicated.
[T2S4] Respondent mentions meeting future husband and discusses Pittsburgh pharmacists. Respondent explains lack of organizational affiliation and discusses social activities in Oakland. The inconveniences of renting properties in the 1960s are discussed. Citizenship information is provided; Respondent comments on political affiliation. Respondent details children's secular and religious education. Respondent comments on intermarriage. Respondent contrasts the children of her early years and of the 1960s.
Subjects
Immigrant Experience -Travel Experiences; Peddlers and Peddling; Real estate agents; Real property; Manners and customs
Birth Date
1893
City
Minsk
Country
Belarus
Emigration Date
1895
Profession
Landlord
Residence
Millvale, PA
Occupation (father)
Distillery worker
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Eaton, Helen
Indexer
Unitan, Dorothy
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 14
Identifier
ais196440.079
Rights
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