Respondent
Drucker, Sonia
Interview Date
1977
Abstract
East End Kemp Father's immigration to, and job in, U.S. are noted. Biographical details are provided. Family members' immigration to U.S. is mentioned, as is their familiarity with the Twerski family. Respondent identifies the business-minded members of family. Respondent's childhood work and family's relative prosperity in Europe is mentioned. Communists' purges and mother's charity are noted. Respondent explains her arrest and illness traveling via Romania. The extent of Respondent's school attendance is indicated; illiteracy of older Jewish women is discussed. Respondent discusses travel restrictions in Russia in 1960s. Respondent's delay in New York and the assistance of Zena Saul are reported. Respondent's public schools and residences in Pittsburgh are indicated. Respondent mentions husband's emigration. Husband's first wages at Kaufmann's and cost of room and board are detailed. Respondent's stores' locations are indicated. [Blank] Respondent reports early contentment with U.S. and discusses money Respondent's mother brought to U.S. Respondent's adoption of European cousin is recounted. Children's professions and educations are discussed. Respondent enumerates religious affiliations. Respondent explains English studies at Berlitz. Cultural pursuits are enumerated; activities at the Anathan House and at Irene Kaufmann Settlement are discussed.
Subjects
Immigrant Experience-Travel Experiences; Jewish girls--Education; Merchants
Birth Date
1910
City
Tomashpol (Podolsky)
Country
Ukraine
Profession
Storeowner, Housewife
Work
Soho; Schenley Heights, Anaheim and Kemp
Residence
Hill District, Vine St.; Squirrel Hill; East End
Occupation (father)
Bookkeeper (Eu), Broom peddler (US)
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Phillips, Claire
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 10
Identifier
ais196440.104
Rights
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