Respondent
Roth, Harry
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Describes home in Belarus and provides biographical details. Respondent indicates own occupation. Respondent notes poverty of education and describes interior of synagogue in Belarus. Lack of relations with non-Jews and government are indicated; Respondent explains relatives' motivation to emigrate. Respondent indicates traveling companions and route from Belarus. Respondent's work and lack of passport in England is discussed. Respondent relates first impressions of Hill District and disappointment with first wages. The financing of money for Respondent's ship ticket and Respondent's repayment to Roth Bank are discussed. Respondent's mistreatment by Irish is noted; Respondent's first Pittsburgh residence is indicated. Respondent reports hours of work in Pittsburgh and enumerates items peddled. Extent of schooling in U.S. is reported. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent indicates Labor- Zionists' views on religion and friends' reaction to Respondent's tefillin. Synagogues Respondent attended are noted. Respondent's army service is discussed. Respondent's Pittsburgh doctors are enumerated, as are charities for which Respondent collected. Respondent's recreation with wife is noted.
[T1S2] Respondent mentions Pliskover settlement in Israel. Respondent mentions locations of Passover celebrations. Respondent reports naturalization while in Army and provides marriage information. Relatives' intermarriages are discussed; children's health difficulties are noted. Biographical details are reiterated.
Subjects
Intermarriage; Religious life--United States; Roth Bank (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1893
City
Pliskov
Country
Belarus
Emigration Date
1911
Profession
Capmaker (Eu, US), Broom peddler
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave.
Occupation (father)
Distillery worker
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.386
Rights
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