Respondent
Katz, Leah
Interview Date
October 25, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Respondent's European house is described; biographical details are provided. Father's work is discussed; fee for mother's liquor license is specified. Respondent indicates languages spoken in home, town and school. Respondent discusses opportunities for secular and Jewish educations in hometown. Respondent reports change in relations with non-Jews after WWI. Respondent relates expectations of U.S. Circumstances of siblings' immigrations to U.S. are extensively described. Respondent indicates assistance in immigration and route to U.S. Respondent's arrival in Pittsburgh is reported; residences with sister in Pittsburgh are enumerated. Widowhood, married homes and husband's businesses are indicated. Further residence changes and remarriage are noted. Wages and hours at pants factories are noted. Respondent recounts treatment by night school teacher.
[T1S2] Respondent's changes in religious observances in U.S. are extensively reported and explained. Sole impetus for single women's synagogue attendance is mentioned; the difference in Passover celebrations between Europe and U.S. are indicated. Respondent indicates recreational activities and later organizational affiliations. Respondent explains disassociation from Workmen's Circle. Respondent mentions relations with sister in Pittsburgh and contact with relatives abroad. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Impact of depression on Respondent's finances and business is noted. Children's secular educations are enumerated; Respondent's difficulties sending children to Sunday school are indicated.
Subjects
Quality of life--Europe; Religious life--United States
Birth Date
1897
City
Okopahkosachuska? (near Russia)
Country
Austria-Hungary
Emigration Date
1921
Profession
Pants factory worker, Housewife
Work
Revit's, Fifth Ave.; Goldblum's
Residence
Hill District, Wylie Ave., Webster Ave., Beaver Ave.; Squirrel Hill
Occupation (father)
Private teacher
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Wolken, Toby
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 16
Identifier
ais196440.225
Rights
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