Respondent
Moravitz, Hyman
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent's job in Poland is reported. Jews' response to Cossack presence in Bialystok is related. Father's desire to immigrate to Israel and Respondent's dissatisfaction with Polish wages are expressed. Relatives in U.S. are noted. Respondent relates saving to buy ship ticket and his parents' disinclination to emigrate. The assistance of HIAS and Respondent's impressions of U.S. are mentioned. Respondent describes wages and work in grocery stores. Respondent's treatment in, and satisfaction with, the U.S. are noted. Family's origins and Polish passport's legality are indicated. First residences are mentioned. Respondent indicates the religiosity of fellow boardinghouse residents and explains changes in his religious observances. Wages and hours in grocery are detailed; Respondent's attitude toward haggling is expressed. Respondent recounts meeting his future wife. Respondent expresses his commitment to his business debts and provides marriage information. Respondent's night school attendance, organizational membership and recreational activities are noted. Children's Jewish and secular educations are enumerated. Citizenship information is provided and political affiliation is explained. Respondent mentions contact with Blacks and recounts settling relatives in Pittsburgh.
Subjects
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (1880-); Religious life
Birth Date
1898 (1892?)
City
Bialystok
Country
Russian Poland
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Huckster (Eu), Peddler, Grocer
Residence
Hill District, Robinson St.; Penn Ave.
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Weissman, J.
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.318
Rights
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