Respondent
Jacobs, Harry
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
Provides biographical information.
[T1S1] Respondent indicates tailor apprenticeship and house in Romania. Respondent discusses father's jobs. Biographical details are provided. Respondent expresses the meaninglessness of aged, infirm life. Respondent describes house in Badlot. Work for bed and board as tailor is recounted. Respondent comments on the Yiddish language. Discrimination against Jews by public schools is recounted; privately funded Jewish institutes are discussed. Respondent explains Jewish sects and the synagogue in Romania. The culture of pre-WWI Romania is appraised; Respondent indicates Jewish segregation. Respondent comments on Jewish communal unity. Respondent indicates lack of religiosity and details the Romanian government's discrimination against Jews. Respondent contrasts freedoms in U.S. with conditions in Romania. Circumstances of Respondent's immigration and his route to Pittsburgh are indicated. Respondent's arranged first marriage is noted. Treatment of third class passengers en route to U.S. is noted. Respondent details wages in New York. Pittsburgh's smokiness is noted.
[T1S2] boarding house residence in Pittsburgh is noted. Respondent's wages and hours as tailor in Pittsburgh are noted.
Subjects
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.
Birth Date
1889
City
Iasi, Badlot?
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1906
Profession
Tailor
Work
Chatham St.
Residence
Hill District, Logan St.
Occupation (father)
Slaughterhouse worker, housepainter
Length (hours)
1
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 14
Identifier
ais196440.208
Rights
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