Respondent
Katz, Nathan
Interview Date
October 22, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Father's job is mentioned. Treatment as a Jew in the Russian army is described. Respondent's motivation to emigrate and parents' reaction are indicated. Assistance on arrival in U.S. is mentioned. Respondent mentions first jobs. Respondent recounts reporting for military induction on November 11, 1918. Rent of first residence is noted; wages and hours peddling brooms are detailed. Work as boxmaker at Westinghouse is noted. Respondent details wages and describes work on Pennsylvania Railroad as train messenger. Night school attendance is noted. Cultural pursuits and synagogue attendance are indicated. Respondent notes early and then-current organizational memberships. Respondent indicates contact with relatives in Europe. Political affiliation is explained; courtship is mentioned and marriage information is provided. Respondent recounts the financial arrangements for his emigration. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted. Respondent indicates differences in parental authority in Europe and U.S..
Subjects
Armed Forces--European; Family life--Europe; Railroads
Birth Date
1888
City
Shpikov
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Broom Peddler, Laborer, Railroad messenger
Work
Westinghouse; Pennsylvania Railroad, Railway Express
Residence
Hill District, Cliff St.
Occupation (father)
Mailman
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer2
Bloom, Evelyn
Indexer
Wools, Paul
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.227
Rights
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