Respondent
Greenberg, Samuel
Interview Date
December 3, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent indicates houses' building materials and mentions father's work in Russia. Educational discrimination against Jews in Russia is indicated; Jews' association with town's Christian elite is noted. Respondent discusses the restriction of Jews to the Pale of Settlement and the Jews who were exempted from the restrictions. Respondent's discontent with father's business is expressed. Respondent indicates circumstances, and route, of immigration to U.S. Kiev's topography is compared to Pittsburgh's. Respondent recounts conflict with uncle in Pittsburgh, Respondent's relocation to Cleveland and return to Pittsburgh. Wages at Westinghouse are detailed. Respondent reports acquisition of English and life changes after several years. Respondent indicates first Pittsburgh residence and neighborhood. Aunt's business and Respondent's change of residence are mentioned.
[T1S2] Egg company's locations and prestige are discussed; Respondent's wages and hours of work are detailed. Respondent mentions work at, and location of, Harding Cream Company and explains changes of occupation. Respondent's impression of class song and teacher's method of instruction in Granville St. School are related. Cultural pursuits, especially musical, are discussed. Respondent recounts leaving tefillin in Russia; Respondent's wife notes later synagogue attendance. Scarcity of food in Europe and occasions on which sweets were eaten are discussed. Respondent relates doctor's advice regarding Pittsburgh bathhouses. Respondent and wife note recreational activities.
[T2S3] Respondent indicates activity, and location, of Labor Lyceum. Respondent indicates associates in Pittsburgh. Family's experience during Cossack pillage is related. Father's prosperity in Europe is related. Respondent notes citizenship and political affiliation. Respondent relates difference in wife's and own family's social status in Europe. Marriage information is provided. Children's secular educations are noted. Respondent mentions subjects and tutors in Russia.
Subjects
Bathhouses; Jewish-Christian Relations - Europe; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Quality of life--Europe; Public schools; Granville Street School (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1891
City
Samgorodok (Kiev)
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1910
Profession
Factory worker, Egg wholesaler, Insurance Salesman
Work
Westinghouse, McCann Co., Harding Cream Co., Prudential Insurance Co.
Residence
Hill District, Bedford Ave.; Cleveland, OH
Occupation (father)
Miller
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Mendelson, Emily
Indexer
Goldman, Victoria
Collateral Materials
Box 89 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.177
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh