Respondent
Rosen, Belle
Interview Date
October 1968
Abstract
Reports town's industry and Respondent's residence in Russia. Existence of Jewish bank is noted; occurrences of pogroms are outlined. Father's unlicensed business is reported. Biographical details are provided; Respondent's proximity to Czar's relations is mentioned. Father's opposition to children's emigration is recounted; brothers' conscriptions are mentioned. Respondent recounts childhood injury from fall in street. Pushkes in Europe are reported. Respondent indicates initial disappointment with, and route to, U.S. Respondent's name change is noted. Brothers' work in Pittsburgh is noted. Respondent discusses first tailor shop and residence in Pittsburgh. Respondent reports acquisition of trade and days of work. Night school attendance is noted. Respondent explains attendance of reform synagogue in Pittsburgh. Respondent's displeasure with climate is expressed; Respondent's gentile doctor is specified. Recreational and social activities are reported. Respondent provides citizenship information and explains change in political affiliation.
Subjects
Immigrants--Attitudes; Religious life--United States; Europe--Social conditions; Europe--Politics and government
Birth Date
1888
City
Smela (Kiev)
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1906
Profession
Dressmaker
Work
Shadyside, Fifth Ave., Aiken Ave.
Residence
Shadyside, Fifth Ave., Aiken Ave.
Occupation (father)
Tavern owner
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Wiseman, Ruth
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.373
Rights
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