Respondent
Cohen, Nathan
Interview Date
November 18, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S2] Respondent indicates studies with private teachers. Regular and summer synagogues are reported. Jews' attitudes toward Lithuanian peasants are expressed. Government's anti- Semitism is illustrated. Respondent's destination in, and route to, U.S. are indicated. Respondent's illegal border crossing is outlined; Respondent notes borrowing show money. Respondent recounts first day in Pittsburgh. Family's opposition to Respondent's emigration is explained. Brothers' jobs in Pittsburgh are indicated and Respondent's difficulty finding work is related.
[T1S2] Acquaintance with, and advice of, Joseph Selig Glick are related. Respondent's obtaining work from Glick's nephew as clerk in his store and Hebrew teacher for his children is extensively recounted. School attendance is noted; cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent explains leaving yeshiva in Europe but attending synagogue in Pittsburgh. Respondent's contact with relatives in Pittsburgh and Europe is indicated. Marriage information is provided. Children's secular educations are noted. Respondent comments upon gentile daughter-in-law and upon the obedience of grandchildren.
Subjects
Glick, Joseph S. (Joseph Selig), 1852-1922; Immigrants--Attitudes; Immigrant Experience -Travel Experiences; Intermarriage; Jewish Education; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Religious life
Birth Date
1893
City
Grinkiskis
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1912
Profession
Herring pickler, Men's store Clerk, Hebrew teacher
Work
Waters Street; Bridgeville, PA
Residence
Hill District, Vine St.
Occupation (father)
Shoemaker
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Fine, Sarah
Indexer
Anafull, Joe
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 15
Identifier
ais196440.080
Rights
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