Respondent
Moskowitz, Izzy
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Mentions house in Romania and provides biographical details. Respondent mentions riot and lack of contact with non-Jews in Romania. Respondent recounts perceived prosperity of U.S. Respondent's travel arrangements and route to U.S. are indicated. Respondent's name change is discussed. Respondent notes similarities between Pittsburgh and hometown. Respondent mentions initial welcome and first residences. Brother's insistence on Respondent's working is indicated; Respondent's training period at stogie factory is discussed. Respondent describes wages, hours and duration of apprenticeship in brother's blacksmith shop. Respondent's wages and hours at gentile blacksmith shop are detailed; short-lived union is noted. Respondent's aversion to working with horses is explained. Respondent discusses night school attendance. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Minor changes in Respondent's religious observance is noted. Respondent mentions use of clinic and affiliation with mutual assistance society. Respondent discusses recreational activities. Respondent notes contact with relatives in Pittsburgh and Europe. Respondent recounts complications, and assistance of Irene Kaufmann Settlement, in obtaining his citizenship.
[T1S2] Son's membership in New Castle synagogue is noted. Respondent indicates quiet boycotts against companies that discriminated against Jews. Children's self-sufficiency is mentioned.
Subjects
Artisans; Workmanship; Immigrants--Attitudes; Irene Kaufmann Settlement (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Naturalization; Acculturation
Birth Date
1889
City
Iasi
Country
Romania
Emigration Date
1904
Profession
Stogie factory worker, Blacksmith
Residence
Hill District, Gilmore St., Wylie Ave.
Occupation (father)
Furrier
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.324
Rights
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