Respondent
Diamond, Hyman
Interview Date
August 28, 1986
Abstract
Diamond, Hyman, an engineer at Westinghouse Electric;
[T1S1] year of birth, 1901; immigration to United States from Lithuania; recollections of early life in Russia; move to Pittsburgh; father's fruit store at 16th and Penn; early memories of Pittsburgh; various residences; education, Miller School, Peabody High School; opinions about his education; graduate, Carnegie Technical University; scholarship to Harvard Graduate School; teaching position at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee; discrimination against Jews in job market; employment at Westinghouse in radio department; later, mechanical engineer in talking movie department;
[T1S2] discussion of patent department at Westinghouse, talking movie business and stock shares; graduate, Duquesne Law School, 1934; law practice, mainly for Westinghouse on patents for radio; service with the Navy between 1942 and 1946, Lieutenant in "Iff" project, "Identify if Friend or Foe"; still writing patent applications for Westinghouse at time of interview; marriage and children; some family history; anti-Semitism at Westinghouse in his early career; changes at Westinghouse since that time; Jewish colleagues in his field; retirement in 1966;
[T2S3] recollections of beginning of KDKA radio broadcast; more information on development of talking movie machine developed at Westinghouse; family background; religious background; reads Hebrew; story of Unionization of needle trade; participation in sports; state of health; member, American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association; review of previous material concerning employment at Westinghouse; changes since Civil Rights Laws enacted; stories about Ike Sussman and Kurt Avery;
[T2S4] views on how he kept his job at Westinghouse when other Jews were fired; relationship with colleagues; writing letters to editors of various newspapers; opinions about creationism, importance of inventions and patents, current educational system; beliefs about religion, civil rights; attitudes towards Russians and Russian Jews; views on apartheid.
Subjects
Antisemitism; Lawyers; Law; Lithuania; Jews, Soviet; Television; Radio; KDKA (Radio station : Pittsburgh, Pa.); Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
Birth Date
1901
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1905
Profession
Engineer
Work
Westinghouse
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Coffey, Dr. Charles
Interviewer2
Ripp, Marcia
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 9
Identifier
ais196440.099
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh