Respondent
Dizenfeld, Sam
Interview Date
March 16, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent mentions cheder attendance and town's synagogues. Work as tinsmith in Russia is described. Respondent's expectations of U.S., motivation for emigration, and choice of destination are noted. Respondent indicates conveyances and route to U.S. Respondent's arrivals in U.S. and in Pittsburgh are noted. Respondent's wages and hours as machinist at Westinghouse and as tinsmith at Pennsylvania Railroad are detailed. Respondent's Pittsburgh residences are mentioned, as are his changes of occupation. Respondent indicates not having to speak English at work. Respondent's Yiddish theater attendance and Workmen's Circle membership are reported. Minor changes in Respondent's religious observance and synagogue attendance are indicated.
[T1S2] Pittsburgh doctor Respondent consulted is noted. Respondent reports organizational affiliations but lack of time for recreation. Respondent notes his use of Irene Kaufmann Settlement. Respondent's socializing with relatives and friends in Pittsburgh is mentioned. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent recounts arranged marriage and married life. Children's secular and Jewish educations and their upbringing are detailed. Respondent clarifies an experience working in Russia that he previously described.
Subjects
Artisans; Workmanship; Arranged marriage; Theater, Yiddish
Birth Date
1885
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1905
Profession
Tinsmith (Eu, US), Produce business
Work
Westinghouse; Pennsylvania Railroad
Residence
Hill District, Townsend St.
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Gershon, Jean
Indexer
Sawyer, Michael
Collateral Materials
Box 87 FF 20
Identifier
ais196440.102
Rights
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