Respondent
Krause, Corrine Azen
Interview Date
1997
Abstract
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.
Subjects
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)
2.25
Interviewer1
Saul, Ruth
Interviewer2
Schwartz
Indexer
Berger, Betty
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 11
Identifier
ais196440.247
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh