Respondent
Menkel, Eugene
Interview Date
February 25, 1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Indicates Ludenscherd's industry and provides biographical details. Respondent's studies and work to be architect in Germany are discussed. Teacher's punishment of anti-Semitic remark is related. Respondent mentions father's army service and attitude toward son's service. Respondent mentions expectations of U.S. and motivation to emigrate. Accommodations at the HIAS shelter in New York are described. Respondent's route to U.S. and arrival in Pittsburgh are indicated. First jobs in Pittsburgh are enumerated; first neighborhood is characterized. Respondent extensively discusses work, wages and hours in apartment building. Respondent's difficulties, working conditions and wages at Westinghouse and Thompson Steel are recounted.
[T1S2] Circumstances of Respondent obtaining streetcar work are recounted; Respondent's wages and work for Redman are detailed. Changes of profession and night school attendance are noted. Cultural pursuits are reported. Respondent characterizes Beth Israel, discusses extent of Respondent's involvement and relates its end. Respondent's recreational activities are noted as is Respondent's grievance with cousin's family. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent discusses problems and divorce of first gentile wife. Second gentile wife is described. Children's educations and professions are noted. Respondent's own activities in 1960s are mentioned, as are Respondent's wages at Labor- Zionist building.
Subjects
Intermarriage; Synagogues; Congregation Beth Israel (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1896
City
Ludenscheid
Country
Germany
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Elevator boy, Window-washer, Laborer, Streetcar conductor, Salesman
Work
North Side; Westinghouse; J. Edgar Thompson Steel; Redman
Residence
Brooklyn, New York; North Side, Federal St.
Occupation (father)
Butcher
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Harrison, Mary
Indexer
Sawyer, Michael
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.304
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh