Respondent
Melnick, Israel
Interview Date
October 24, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Indicates family's Pittsburgh residence and Hill District's synagogues. Father's conflict with Cossacks during Russian army service is recounted; father's estimation of Russians is reported. Accommodations and food during journey in steerage is reported. Relatives in U.S. are noted. Respondent's illegal border crossing into Austria is mentioned. Assistance of HIAS in Canada is indicated; Russian surname's origin is noted. Respondent relates cause of Respondent's first fight in school. Wages, work, and lighting in stogie factory are detailed. Respondent's response to theft by factory co-worker is recounted. Respondent describes accommodations and reports rent. Respondent enumerates neighborhood's residents and buildings. Respondent describes conversation and clothing of Selby, the local pharmacist. Revenge taken on abusive melamed is recounted (some in Yiddish). Respondent enumerates synagogue members (some in Yiddish) and indicates subsequent melamed's demeanor. Life's work is noted. Respondent notes barter payment for Respondent's sign painting and recounts later meeting with former neighbor. Anecdote about first Jewish magistrate is recounted; wager on 1916 presidential election is related. Parade upon establishment of Hebrew University is described; lectures Respondent organized for Irene Kaufmann Settlement are enumerated.
[T1S2] Tonsil treatment and local dispensary are mentioned. Zionist organizers are enumerated; Respondent's experiences at Luna Park are described. Respondent mention teachers at Central High School and debate team's visit to Tennessee with black student. Chance reunion with Argentine cousin is related; mother's multi-lingual vocabulary is recounted. Sarah Bernhardt's instructions to Respondent as extra are related. Respondent indicates emphasis on raising children as Jews.
Subjects
Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Judaism--Relations--Christianity; Jewish children; Jews--Education; Parade for Hebrew University (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Tobacco industry
Birth Date
1895
City
Berdichev
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1903
Profession
Tobacco factory worker, Lawyer
Residence
Hill District, Crawford St., Bedford Ave., Clark St.
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Abram
Indexer
Snowden, Deanna
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.302
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh