Respondent
Kahn, Gertrude
Interview Date
February 23, 1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Mentions family's business and accommodations in Riga. Respondent indicates location of school and synagogue. Respondent notes good relations with non-Jews and reports interest in Zionism in Riga. Origins of unrest in Riga are mentioned; family's motivation to emigrate is indicated. Respondent indicates route to, and assistance on arrival in, U.S. Pittsburgh's dirtiness and Respondent's first English lesson are related. Mother's discontent with U.S. is related and first neighborhood is characterized. Respondent notes public and business schools attended. Respondent indicates relations with gentiles and attendance of Sunday School in North Side. Cultural pursuits are extensively enumerated. Respondent indicates family's religious observances and attendance of synagogue on Middle St. Respondent notes abundance of food in U.S. and specifies doctor in Pittsburgh. Respondent's social activities at Irene Kaufmann Settlement and in own home as young girl are discussed. Respondent indicates social functions at synagogues and speakers at local halls.
[T1S2] Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent comments on intermarriage in family. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted. Respondent notes difference in own and children's upbringing and outlines mother's North Side friendship society.
Subjects
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Intermarriage; Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Ladies Friendship Society (North Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Manners and customs; Zionism--Europe
Birth Date
1901
Country
Latvia
Emigration Date
1912
Profession
Housewife
Residence
North Side, E. North Ave.
Occupation (father)
Furrier
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Pochapin, Freda
Indexer
Sawyer, Michael
Collateral Materials
Box 89 FF 19
Identifier
ais196440.213
Rights
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