Respondent
Lubow, Marsha
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Mentions exclusive neighborhood in Kobryn. Respondent provides biographical details. Father's purchase of farm products is discussed; selection of Respondent's given name is recounted. Respondent's attendance of cheder and Russian public school is explained. Parents' synagogue attendance and Respondent's studies on the Sabbath are discussed. Respondent recounts mother's familiarity with and bribery of officials. Neighborhood's support of Theodore Hertzl is discussed; discrimination against Jews is recounted. Father's motivation to immigrate to, and his estimation of, U.S. is discussed. Respondent indicates loss of possessions in WWI and parents' emphasis on children's education. Respondent's marriage prior to emigration is explained.
[T1S2] Respondent discusses route, and items brought, to U.S. Pittsburgh's dirtiness and Respondent's first accommodations are noted. Husband's wages at Frank and Seder's are noted. Respondent indicates the modesty of pregnant European women. Classes taught in Respondent's home are noted. Respondent's satisfaction with U.S. is expressed. Respondent reports changes of residence. Respondent recounts gathering women for class in her home. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Religious observances are extensively discussed; Respondent explains reasons for minor change in Sabbath observance. Respondent recounts exhorting husband to daven for children's benefit.
[T2S3] Respondent discusses infant's medical care in Pittsburgh. [Blank] Respondent notes appreciation of Irene Kaufmann Settlement; Respondent discusses membership in Goholum and Pioneer Women. Respondent's Passover celebrations and contact with family in Europe are discussed. Respondent expresses ambitions in U.S.; citizenship information is provided. Respondent recounts future husband's arrangements for train travel during WWI. Respondent extensively describes interaction with future husband throughout trip to Respondent's relative's wedding. Family's sheltering husband near end of WWI is recounted. [Blank]
[T2S4] Respondent describes husband's personality and explains her choice of husband. Respondent expresses opinion of divorce and reports difficulties in marriage. Respondent discusses married life. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted.
Subjects
Immigrants--Education; Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Marriage; Mikveh; Sabbath Observance; Europe--Social conditions; Europe--Politics and government
Birth Date
1902?
City
Kobrin
Country
Belarus
Emigration Date
1920
Profession
Housewife
Residence
Hill District; Devilliers St.; Riley St., Bedford Ave.; Oakland
Occupation (father)
Grocer/Grocer
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
Box 98 FF 9
Identifier
ais196440.288
Rights
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