Respondent
Hirsch, Charles
Interview Date
Unknown
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent discusses his choice of apprenticeship. Respondent's studies at, and extent of, public school and cheder are indicated. Respondent discusses synagogues in Romania and indicates composition of town's Zionist group. Respondent notes conditions after WWI and indicates motivation to emigrate. Romanian families in Pittsburgh are mentioned. Uncle's store in Pittsburgh and family members' emigration is noted. Respondent's stay in Paris is discussed. Respondent's ship to U.S. is specified; Respondent's name change is noted. Respondent relates initial reaction to Pittsburgh and indicates residences. Respondent enumerates employers, details wages and hours of early jobs, and discusses membership in Amalgamated Clothing Workers. Respondent's night schools and contact with gentiles are reported. Cultural pursuits are enumerated.
[T1S2] Respondent indicates lack of religious observance. Membership of New American Educational Club at Irene Kaufmann Settlement is indicated. Respondent indicates mother's charities and own social club. Respondent notes membership in Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) and lack of particular meeting places. Respondent mentions tenor of interaction with Jews from other countries. Contact with relatives in U.S. and abroad is noted. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent's married life is discussed. Children's professions and educations are indicated.
Subjects
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America; Clothing trade; Synagogues--Europe; Zionism--Europe
Birth Date
1899
City
Dorohoi
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1921
Profession
Tailor
Work
Raab Brothers, Downtown; Harry Mason; Liberty Ave.
Residence
Hill District, Centre Ave., Vine St.
Occupation (father)
Furrier
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Selavan, Ida
Indexer
Wills, Lynda
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 29
Identifier
ais196440.196
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh