Respondent
Lerman, R.
Interview Date
Unknown
Abstract
Reports parents' lack of organizational affiliation in Russia. Respondent mentions Russian public school attendance despite quotas. Respondent indicates the Hasidic town's opinion of his father's family's sect. Authorities' response to Zionist activity in his town is related. Father's reasons for, and manner of, sending family to U.S. are explained. Respondent's sponsorship by an aunt in New York is mentioned. Respondent discusses the bounty of food in U.S. and describes his family's first apartment in New York. Respondent's family tree is discussed. Respondent's envy of fluent English speakers is recounted. Respondent notes the assistance of the Pittsburgh Red Cross. Respondent's Pittsburgh residences are enumerated. Respondent reports his lack of religiosity but explains his observance of Jewish holidays. Respondent recounts jobs; Respondent's wages and hours in shirt factory are detailed. Marriage information is provided. Respondent reports his school and college attendance. Cultural pursuits and organizational affiliations are enumerated. Citizenship information is provided; Socialist political affiliation is admitted. Respondent recalls first contacts with Blacks and mentions early Jewish and gentile friends.
Subjects
Prejudices; Quality of life
Birth Date
1898
City
Beticha?
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Laborer, Office worker
Work
Sirlan and Sirlan
Residence
Hill District, Centre Ave.; North Side
Length (hours)
1.5
Indexer
Phillips, Clare
Collateral Materials
Box 98 FF 6
Identifier
ais196440.265
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh