Respondent
Leavitt, Frances
Interview Date
June 5, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Father's job is mentioned. Respondent explains school promotions and fear of non-Jews in Russia. Respondent compares parents' religiosity and attitudes toward Respondent's curiosity. School's admission discrimination against Jews is indicated. Respondent notes modes of transportation in town. Respondent explains refusal of free tutoring. Respondent specifies the anti-Semitic segments of Russian society. Respondent explains family's choice of business and describes bakery work. Customer's stories of U.S. prosperity are recounted. Respondent notes embarking on ship to U.S. and delay on arrival. Respondent's rent in New York is noted. Respondent contrasts her feelings in New York with those toward Pittsburgh.
[T1S2] [15 minutes blank] Respondent extensively compares own with sister's desire to learn English and Respondent recounts first English class. Respondent mentions her scholarly inclinations. Respondent recounts joining musical and theatrical club in Europe.
[T2S3] Mother's depth of religious belief is indicated; Respondent explains not keeping kosher. Respondent notes Braddock synagogues and explains food preparation for mother. Respondent enumerates organizational memberships and local meeting places. Respondent indicates early conditions of the Jewish Home for the Aged. Respondent describes crossing into Germany. Marriage information is provided; Respondent's attitude toward arranged marriages is expressed. Respondent describes parents' dislike of one sister's suitor. Respondent mentions Jewish butcher shop in Braddock. Respondent mentions difference between own and parents' marriage. Respondent notes children's secular and Jewish educations. Respondent relates views on childrearing.
[T2S4] Respondent recounts children's good behavior.
Subjects
Child rearing; Education--Europe; Immigrants--Education; Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Jewish Home for the Aged (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Religious life--United States
Birth Date
1887?
City
Wordna?
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1902
Profession
Bakery worker (Eu)
Residence
Braddock, PA, Delancy St.
Occupation (father)
Winery supervisor
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Wolken, Toby
Collateral Materials
Box 98 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.260
Rights
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