Respondent
Katz, Mollie
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Education available in town is indicated; attendance of nearby town's synagogue is noted. Respondent recounts burning of town by students and activities of Respondent's Zionist group in Europe. Respondent mentions sister's immigration to U.S. and expresses own desire to emigrate. Respondent recounts incidents in pogroms. Respondent explains immigration to Romania. Work and board received as seamstress in Romania is detailed. Respondent relates assistance contacting sister in U.S. Respondent explains delay of own immigration, and circumstances of sister's, to U.S. Respondent relates motivation to emigrate and impressions of Pittsburgh. Work and wages as seamstress in Pittsburgh are detailed. Room and board Respondent paid is noted; Respondent's disappointment in U.S. is related. Respondent recounts necessity of working Saturday and mentions unpleasantness of bakery job. Respondent explains not attending night school. Cultural pursuits are discussed; attendance of synagogue is mentioned. Respondent recounts physical effect of homesickness and the advice of Dr. Ashinsky. Respondent relates activities of Kam Kamyamis in Europe and membership in Labor Lyceum in Pittsburgh. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Children's Jewish and secular educations are indicated. Respondent notes differences in life between generations.
Subjects
Labor Lyceum (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Pogroms; Sabbath Observance
Birth Date
1901
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1919?
Profession
Seamstress (Eu), Bakery worker
Work
Imperial Skirt Factory, Fifth Ave.; United Biscuit Company
Residence
Yadovitz, Romania; Soho, Bluff St.
Occupation (father)
Flour mill worker
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
Box 97 FF 17
Identifier
ais196440.226
Rights
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