Respondent
Needleman, Bertha
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Family's status due to father's work is mentioned. School, but not synagogue, attendance is noted. Respondent discusses the Czar's relations with Jews and brother's political activities. A reluctance to emigrate is expressed and hardships en route to the U.S. are described. Respondent details arrival in New York City and fears while traveling alone. Respondent's first job is noted as is an early desire to return to Europe. Adjustment difficulties are discussed and Respondent's first sight of future husband is recounted. Respondent mentions social activities with Russian speakers and early residences. Wages and hours as a coilwinder are enumerated as are husband's jobs and their cultural pursuits. Gentile friends and perception of increased religious observance by Jews in the U.S. are reported. Respondent recounts organizational affiliations and mentions recreation. The Berbizon charity is described, as are Respondent's friendships.
[T1S2] Respondent's marriage information is provided with a discussion of marriage arrangements in Europe and views on inter faith marriage. Differences in child rearing in the U.S. and Europe are related.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives
Birth Date
1901
City
Vinnitsa
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Coilwinder, Housewife
Residence
East Pittsburgh, PA, Electric Ave.; Hill District, Webster Ave.
Occupation (father)
Schoolteacher
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.325
Rights
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