Respondent
Friedman, Ethel
Interview Date
January 21, 1969
Abstract
Describes accommodations in Russia. Biographical details are provided. Father's job and his desire to emigrate are mentioned. Announced army reprisal on Jews is recounted. Respondent indicates privations and abuse of Jews by Communists. Cleanliness of Russian cities is described and Respondent indicates disappointment on arrival to Pittsburgh. Respondent's initial fear of Blacks is related. Respondent's residences are indicated; Pittsburgh's dirtiness is described. Respondent recounts repression of religion by Russian Communists. Respondent indicates route to U.S. and delay with brothers' travel papers. Mother's chronic health problems are discussed. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent notes synagogue attendance and reports poor health. Respondent discusses lack of charities. Respondent reports avoiding Labor Lyceum for association with Communists. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent reports husband's Democratic political activities. Marriage information is provided.
[T1S2] Children's secular and Jewish educations are detailed. Biographical information is reiterated. Respondent describes husband's and brother-in-law's labor organizing activities as tailors. [Extraneous material]
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Labor Unions; Quality of life; Quality of life--Europe; Party affiliation; Europe--Social conditions; Europe--Politics and government
Birth Date
1908
City
Odessa
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1925
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave.
Occupation (father)
Tinsmith
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Rosner, Florence
Indexer
Omarah, Kathleen
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 10
Identifier
ais196440.151
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh