Respondent
Lebovitz, Harry
Interview Date
November 24, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent's and hometown's livelihoods are indicated. Socio-economic basis of town's synagogues' congregations is described. Respondent indicates lack of overt anti-Semitism in Romania but enumerates rights denied to Jews. Respondent indicates army's bias against Jews and recounts his desertion. Respondent's arrangements to leave Romania and destination are discussed. The means of a previous group of emigrants is reported. Respondent explains being refused assistance in Austria and recounts recovery of Respondent's stolen money in Germany. Father's name change is noted. Assistance upon arrival in New York by individuals and by HIAS is recounted. Respondent's wages and dissatisfaction in New York are mentioned. Respondent mentions reason for, and assistance to, move to Pittsburgh. Union wages for carpentry are noted; Respondent's work on office building is mentioned. Respondent's residence and odd jobs are noted. Respondent reports satisfaction with U.S. Respondent's European apprenticeship is discussed; wages in Pittsburgh are noted.
[T1S2] Hours and union membership as carpenter are mentioned. Night school attendance is mentioned; cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent indicates synagogue associations and his work building synagogue. Wife's illness and death are noted. Organizational affiliation and recreational activities are indicated. Respondent notes relatives in U.S. and abroad. Respondent notes political affiliation and provides marriage information. Respondent discusses married life and comments on intermarriage. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted.
[T2S3] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Intermarriage; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1880
City
Adobesti
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1901
Profession
Carpenter
Work
Westinghouse
Residence
Hill District, Crawford St.
Occupation (father)
Storeowner
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Avins, Dorothy
Indexer
Bixler, Pat
Collateral Materials
Box 98 FF 4
Identifier
ais196440.262
Rights
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