Respondent
Iskowitz, Mamie
Interview Date
February 11, 1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Describes house and town in Hungary. Father's business is discussed and Respondent provides biographical details. Respondent indicates secular and religious education in Hungary. Respondent notes measure to keep kosher in U.S. Respondent mentions brother's yeshiva studies and siblings' emigration. Marriage information is provided; Respondent's husband's motivation to emigrate is discussed. Respondent notes in-laws' attitudes toward U.S. and husband's work in McKeesport. Respondent's farming business is discussed. Respondent indicates conveyances and route to U.S. Food and household items brought on ship are enumerated. Respondent indicates assistance in New York. Respondent's brother's work as court interpreter is mentioned. Respondent's husband's store and house are discussed. Respondent indicates not having to learn English in Indianola.
[T1S2] Respondent's later studies at Irene Kaufmann Settlement are noted. Respondent's work for husband is discussed. Respondent recounts losing possessions but saving child in a fire (some in Yiddish). Respondent indicates restarting business in Russellton. Respondent's lack of cultural pursuits is explained. Respondent indicates religious observances and lack of services in small town. Respondent recounts charity to Lithuanian families during WWI (some in Yiddish). Husband's charitable activities are enumerated. Respondent's family's lack of association with gentiles is explained. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent recounts father's advice in dream prior to marriage (some in Yiddish). Children's secular and Jewish educations and their upbringing are described. Respondent recounts lengths to maintain kosher home.
Subjects
Kashrut Observance; Quality of life--Europe; Merchants; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs
Birth Date
1893
City
Tiba
Country
Hungary
Emigration Date
1920
Profession
Farmwife, Housewife, Buyer
Work
Indianola, Pa.; Russellton, Pa.
Residence
Indianola, Pa.; Russellton, Pa.
Occupation (father)
Oxen seller
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Soloff, Hope
Indexer
Boksenbaum, H.
Collateral Materials
Box 89 FF 16
Identifier
ais196440.203
Rights
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