Respondent
Koss, David
Interview Date
1984
Abstract
David Koss was educated in Germany, served in the United States Army during WWII and taught at the Hebrew Institute of Pittsburgh;
[T1S1] his birth in Lithuania; number of his siblings; his education in Germany; his early interest in Talmudic and Rabbinic studies; professions of some of his siblings; education, Theological Seminar in Berlin; his teaching at the Seminar from 1933-1936; his father's death at the hands of Hitler's regime; his escape with his mother to America in 1936; his oldest brother's death in a labor camp; his draft into the Army and service for four years; his progression to rank of sergeant; discussion of his experiences in the Army;
[T1S2] his relationship with an Army captain; leaving the Army in 1945; returns to New Britain, CT; courtship and marriage in Pittsburgh; moves to New Castle, PA; employment in his cousin's clothing store; becomes instructor at the synagogue in New Castle; 1960, moves to Pittsburgh to teach at the Hebrew Institute (HI); discussion of his career at HI;
[T2S3] No abstract for this side.
[T2S4] views about the parents of children he taught at HI; discussion of the popularity of Hebrew school; changes at HI; changes in attitudes of students toward Hebrew education; discussion of homelife in Germany; further discussion of Jewish education and the changes that have occurred in the curriculum; his opinions about these changes; changes in attitudes of Jewish parents;
[T3S5] No abstract for this side.
[T3S6] Blank
[T4S7] review of his residences in the United States; discussion of the Jewish community in New Britain, CT, New Castle, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA; his social life; his involvement with an organization for Jewish War Veterans; views about retirement, his accomplishments and his relationship with his students; his pride in serving in WWII;
[T4S8] his medals from his service in the Army.
Subjects
Hebrew Institute; Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Jews--Education; New Britain (Conn.); New Castle (Pa.); City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs; World War, 1939-1945
Country
Lithuania
Profession
Teacher
Work
Hebrew Institute of Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
4
Interviewer1
Edelstein, Ruth
Interviewer2
Lasday
Indexer
Samuels
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 9
Identifier
ais196440.244
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh