Respondent
Rothbart, Pearl
Interview Date
1969
Abstract
[T1S1] Indicates education and religious institutions in Lithuanian town. Friendly visits by non-Jews in Lithuania are mentioned. Circumstances of siblings' emigrations are recounted; parents' differing attitudes toward U.S. are expressed. Siblings' locations in U.S. are noted. Respondent's route to U.S. is indicated; assistance in Baltimore is related. Impression of U.S. policeman is expressed. Respondent notes economic hardship of early years and assistance obtaining work. Work and wages in Pittsburgh are detailed. Accommodations and amenities of first residence are described. Hours in shop are reported. Assistance of Columbian Council (NCJW) is related; atmosphere of night school class is noted. Character of later, socially active Jewish immigrants is indicated. Musical and theatrical pursuits are enumerated; Jewish reading materials are mentioned. Respondent explains lack of religious practices.
[T1S2] Respondent notes change in eating habits in U.S. and treatment at Eye and Ear Hospital. Contributions through Workmen's Circle are noted; social activities are enumerated. Facilities at Columbian Council (NCJW) and Turner Hall are noted. Black neighbor's friendship with mother is mentioned. Respondent notes contact with relatives in Europe. Citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent comments on friend's interfaith marriage. Children's Jewish and secular educations are indicated. [Distorted]
Subjects
Immigrants--Attitudes; Quality of life; National Council of Jewish Women; Religious life--United States
Birth Date
1896?
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1907?
Profession
Errand girl, Baster
Work
Cohen Tailor Shop
Residence
Hill District, Lombard St.
Length (hours)
1
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 4
Identifier
ais196440.388
Rights
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