Respondent
Gusky, Esther
Interview Date
May 10, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent's training and father's job are noted. Public school in Poland is described. Respondent reports good business relations with gentiles and government. Respondent relates circumstances of arranged marriage that prompted her immigration to U.S. Respondent notes prosperity in U.S. and relatives brought from Europe. Respondent's conveyances to McKeesport are described and lack of papers is reported. Impression upon Respondent of material goods is noted as is Respondent's satisfaction with U.S. Respondent's first residence in Pittsburgh and husband's store are noted. Respondent reports lack of having to either work or attend school. Family's musical abilities and attendance at Yiddish theater are reported. Differences between Respondent's and husband's religious observances are indicated. "Polish Shul," Shaare Zedeck, is described.
[T1S2] Respondent indicates religious observance and Pittsburgh doctors consulted. Respondent's organizational, recreational and social activities are enumerated. Citizenship information and marriage information is provided. Respondent's displeasure with arranged marriages is expressed. Children's secular and Jewish educations are indicated, as are differences in raising children in U.S. and Europe.
Subjects
Education--Europe; Arranged marriage; Synagogues; Shaare Zedeck Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1894? 1885?
City
Warsaw
Country
Russian, Poland
Emigration Date
1902
Profession
Studied dressmaking (Eu), Housewife
Residence
McKeesport, Pa.; South Side
Occupation (father)
Musician, Composer
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Avins, Dorothy
Collateral Materials
Box 89 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.181
Rights
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