Respondent
Michaels, Israel
Interview Date
April 20, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Interior of Russian synagogue is mentioned. Respondent recounts fear of political involvement in Russia. Respondent indicates lack of opportunity and repressiveness in Russia. Respondent's means and route of emigration are indicated. Respondent's arrival and first impressions of Pittsburgh are noted. Respondent recounts the religious change undergone by other Jews in U.S. Respondent relates loneliness for family and poor treatment received as boarder. Respondent's residences are enumerated; wages and hours as peddler are detailed. Respondent indicates impediment to financial, but not personal, success. Schooling in U.S. is reported; cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent indicates religious observances and notes minor changes. Respondent's activities for Zionists and the poor are noted.
[T1S2] Recreational activities and organizational affiliations are enumerated. Respondent's gregariousness is noted as is contact with relatives in U.S. and abroad. Parents' inability to enter U.S. is explained. Respondent's citizenship information and avoidance of draft are recounted. Respondent explains political affiliation and provides marriage information. Respondent comments on interfaith marriage and notes root of marital conflict. Child's secular and Jewish educations are noted. Respondent indicates differences between own and child's upbringing.
Subjects
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Naturalization; Acculturation; Religious life--United States; Europe--Social conditions; Europe--Politics and government
Birth Date
1899
City
Ladyzhin
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1914
Profession
Peddler
Residence
Hill District, Roberts St.
Occupation (father)
Storeowner?
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Tucker, Shirley
Indexer
Mazvich, Nancy
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.312
Rights
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