Respondent
Green, Benjamin
Interview Date
1977
Abstract
Benjamin Green, a local businessman who has his own shoe store and collects Judaica; birth date, December 25, 1910;
[T1S1] number of siblings; father adopts the name Green on his immigration to the United States; family history; father's business in Altoona, PA; atmosphere in parent's home; family love of music; family move to Pittsburgh; recollections of flu epidemic of 1918; father's death; education, Fifth Avenue High School;
[T1S2] his love of education and desire to attend law school; employment in uncle's shoe business; political job with Allegheny Relief board during the depression; 1934, opens own shoe business on third floor of State Theater Building; service with the medical corps in a hospital in southern California during WWII; marriage to non-Jewish Pittsburgh girl on leave in 1943; return to Pittsburgh; studies and socializing at hall on Center Avenue and Green Street; rise of socialism; religious shift to Conservative Judaism; affiliation with B'nai B'rith; father's ancestry, emigration from Germany; children's lives;
[T2S3] collecting Judaica; personal standards of a Jew; philosophy of religion; views on intermarriage; discussion of grandparents' life and funerals in Altoona, Pa.
Subjects
Altoona (Pa.); Business; Industries; Intermarriage; Jewish literature; Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Alpern, Betty
Interviewer2
Hurwitz, Linda
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 12
Identifier
ais196440.174
Rights
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