Respondent
Gittleman, Fanny
Interview Date
February 4, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent explains discrepancies in recording women's births and method of reckoning age in Russia. Respondent notes own and father's occupations. Respondent discusses father's travel abroad for medical treatment. Grandfather's work as candlestick maker is described; insensitivity of town's ordinance to Jews is indicated. Religious Jews' attitude toward U.S. is described; Respondent's motivation to emigrate is explained. Respondent explains domestic arrangement in Russia. European parents' attitude toward children's emigration is related. Respondent extensively describes illegal crossing into Germany. Respondent's route to U.S. and examination in Germany are noted; examinations and questions on arrival in U.S. are discussed. Respondent's initial happiness is noted but intense loneliness is described. First residences are noted; wages and hours as dressmaker are detailed.
[T1S2] Respondent notes attending night school and acquiring English. Cultural pursuits are enumerated; activities of and impetus for the Labor Lyceum are discussed. Respondent mentions events at Schenley Theater and Carnegie Music Hall. Respondent describes religious observances and indicates their importance to her. Respondent explains attending Zionists' Hall rather than Labor Lyceum. Citizenship information is provided; assistance of Irene Kaufmann Settlement social worker is discussed. Marriage information and Respondent's views on intermarriage are provided. Children's professions and educations are enumerated.
Subjects
Artisans; Workmanship; Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Immigrants--Attitudes; Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives, Attitudes, Travel Experiences; Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
City
Brest-Litovsk
Country
Russian Poland
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Dressmaker
Work
Downtown; Kaufmann's
Residence
Hill District, Aaron St.?, Davenport St.
Occupation (father)
Rabbi
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Harrison, Mary
Collateral Materials
Box 88 FF 14
Identifier
ais196440.157
Rights
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