Respondent
Goldstein, Maurice
Interview Date
1987
Abstract
Maurice Goldstein, an attorney who was the deputy attorney general and served for five consecutive terms on the state legislature; birth year, 1902;
[T1S1] father born in Israel; mother born in Russia; maternal grandfather, founder and president of Shaare Tefilah Synagogue; father's mercantile business on the South Side of Pittsburgh; Maurice's birth on the South Side; early education at Birmingham Grade School and South High School; names of siblings; employment by Tri State News Bureau at age sixteen as a sportscaster; religious atmosphere in home; graduation from the university of Pittsburgh in 1922; editor in chief for Pitt News while at the university; discussion of some stories covered by the university paper at that time; graduation from University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1925; in partnership until 1942; becomes assistant district attorney, 1942-48; deputy attorney deneral for eighteen months; discussion of legislative career, 1954-1964;
[T1S2] philosophy of law; opinions of the government and political figures; meeting his wife; their daughter; her career and family; discussion of the move of Young Men's Hebrew Association to Squirrel Hill; synagogue affiliations; activities since retirement; discussion of politics in Pittsburgh before the Roosevelt administration; more of family history; recollections of the South Side;
[T2S3] the synagogue and Hebrew school on South Side; residences around Pittsburgh; wife's affiliation with Rodef Shalom; daughter's birth and education; recollections of reporting for Tri State News; opinions about sports arenas and changes in baseball; discussion of the seven newspapers in Pittsburgh over the years; names of Jewish reporters; recollections of years at the University of Pittsburgh; membership in various fraternities;
[T2S4] practicing law in the 1930s; names of outstanding firms and lawyers at that time; locations of his law practice; reasons for leaving district attorney's office; involvement with the unemployment compensation board of review from 1970-75; changes in Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh; board member, Young Men's Hebrew Association 1928-30; recollections of Pittsburgh, the Steel Strikes of 1919 and Prohibition; Pittsburgh politics; destruction of residences in the Hill District during Pittsburgh's "Renaissance"; recollections of high school; recreational activities.
Subjects
Lawyers; Law; McKeesport (Pa.); Politics; South Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Pennsylvania. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Levant, Marion
Interviewer2
Andelman, Emily
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.168
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh