Krause, Corrine Azen
Interview Date
Respondent Historian, born 1927.
[T1S1] Respondent provides background information: paternal grandfather's immigration from Pale of Settlement with family including Respondent's father Louis, 1906; describes circumstances of arrival and reason for coming to Pittsburgh. Respondent notes mother, Martha, born in NY, gives detailed description of her background: born to immigrant parents from Roumania; discusses grandfather's family business and father's opening of Maxine's Dress Shop in 1930s; grandfather active in Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue, then B'nai Israel Synagogue, chaired building committee; discusses parents courtship and marriage. Respondent reflects on childhood in Squirrel Hill, various residences, religious practices, synagogue affiliations, and early interest in reading and history; describes relationships with friends and attendance at Taylor Allderdice High School, University of Michigan and involvement with <i>Michigan Daily</i> newspaper. Respondent comments on interest in Indian culture; notes importance of her Jewish heritage; discusses social life in college: happy experience. Respondent reflects on meeting husband Dr. Seymour Krause: his residency, their marriage after Respondent's graduation from University of Michigan with degree in economics. Respondent gives names and birth dates of 4 children, grandchildren, their careers; difficulty of daughter's mental illness. Respondent notes activity in Ladies Hospital Aid Society; decision to teach kindergarten, 1958; influence of professor at Carnegie Mellon University; reflects on receiving masters degree in history, then Ph.D. at University of Pittsburgh.
[T1S2] Respondent comments on summer vacations with family, importance of Friday night dinners and Passover seders; involvement with American Jewish Committee: wrote policy statement regarding busing in the 1960s; helped organize National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Respondent mentions teaching positions at various colleges; interest in researching histories of 3 generations of women, discusses preparation and purpose of research, funding and grants, choice of 3 ethnic groups: Italian, Slovak and Jewish. Respondent details criteria for choosing women, gives title of book: GRANDMOTHERS, MOTHERS and DAUGHTERS: well received.
[T2S3] Respondent gives additional information on children and provides names of siblings. Respondent discusses and describes results of research in GRANDMOTHERS, MOTHERS and DAUGHTERS: different basic values and differences in cultural traditions. Respondent gives title of dissertation for Ph.D.: LOS JUDIOS OF MEXICO, social history of Jews in independent Mexico; discusses circumstances of its translation in Mexico, describes author and family.
[T2S4] Respondent explains major project: exhibit 1982, HISTORY OF JEWS IN PITTSBURGH, provides details; discusses William Frank: founded first Jewish cemetery, 1847, Troy Hill; comments on split in ethnic Jewish community: 1856; biography of Isaac Frank. Respondent reflects on seriousness of daughter's mental illness and establishment of Jewish Residential Services in 1982: to remove mentally ill patients from institutions and live independently; notes beginning of Staisey house, 1986, generosity of Jack Buncher; discusses involvement of friends, professionals and various issues concerning opening.
[T3S5] Respondent reflects on her achievements; looking for graduate student to continue her work; discusses importance of family and association with Dr. Solomon B. Freehof.
American Jewish Committee; Buncher, Jack; Education; History of Jews in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Plan for Art (Pittsburgh, Pa.) : 1982); Jewish Residential Services (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Mental illness; Social history; Leonard Staisey House (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
Saul, Ruth
Berger, Betty
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 11
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