Respondent
Deemer, Nathan
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Mentions hometown and discusses father's business and death. Family's house, property ownership in Russia and town's treatment of the poor are mentioned. Respondent provides biographical details. Discrimination against Jews in Russian schools is indicated. Respondent discusses grain business practices in Russia. Respondent's rigorous private studies and town's religious observances are recounted. Respondent mentions activism in Russian Zionist organizations. Non-Jews treatment of Jews in Respondent's town is contrasted with treatment in neighboring areas. The events and aftermath of the pogrom that encouraged his emigration are extensively described.
[T1S2] Respondent extensively describes experiences crossing the Atlantic and his impressions of New York. Respondent's residences and homesickness are described. Respondent's saving to buy own store and later dealings in real estate are mentioned.
[T2S3] Respondent details attempts to attend night school. Cultural activities and religious observances are mentioned. Respondent mentions train into Pittsburgh to attend Yiddish theater and describes the Hill District's Russian Shul. Organizational affiliations and hours of work as storeowner in Pittsburgh are enumerated. Respondent's relations with gentiles, his assistance of family abroad and political affiliations are indicated. Respondent provides marriage information, discusses matchmakers in Russia and comments on intermarriage.
Subjects
Immigrant Experience -Travel Experiences; Marriage brokerage; Pogroms
Birth Date
1887
Country
Russia
Profession
Storeowner, Realtor
Work
Washington, PA
Residence
Hill District, Centre Ave.; Canonsburg, PA
Occupation (father)
Miller
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Gruskin, Shirley
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 9
Identifier
ais196440.097
Rights
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