Respondent
Salzman, Esther
Interview Date
November 18, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Father's emigration and family's change of residence are discussed. Extent of Respondent's Russian school attendance is discussed. Father's falsifications on children's birth certificates is related. Subjects, teachers and hours of school are specified. Respondent notes friendships with, and attitudes toward, gentiles in Europe. Parents' differing attitudes toward U.S. are related. Respondent indicates the financing of emigration. Respondent relates delay obtaining passport and discusses arrangements made for Respondent's family throughout trip. Respondent notes household items brought to U.S. and school uniform in Poland. Elegance of passenger ship and Respondent's reaction upon seeing first black are related. Respondent recounts arrival in, and disappointment with, Pittsburgh. Respondent enumerates first residences.
[T1S2] Respondent indicates Pittsburgh's dirtiness. Respondent relates medical care received by father for injury. Respondent reports wages as child in London's factory. Respondent notes husband's conscription and provides marriage information. Work and hours at clothes factory are detailed. Respondent recounts relations with public school gentile classmates in U.S. Respondent extensively enumerates cultural and recreational pursuits. Respondent discusses differences in mother's and own religiosity. Respondent's change of residences are noted, as are mother's religious practices. Activities of Romanian Benevolent Society at Irene Kaufmann Settlement are recounted. Respondent indicates sponsors and locations of dances. Respondent notes differences in Passover celebrations in U.S. and Europe. Citizenship and marriage information in provided. Respondent notes ethnic composition of Hill District and recounts circumstances of meeting husband.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Religious life--United States; Romanian Benevolent Society (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Manners and customs
Birth Date
1900
City
Sejny
Country
Russian Poland
Emigration Date
1910
Profession
Clothing factory worker, Housewife
Work
London's; Kaufmann and Baer's
Residence
Hill District, Vine St., Colwell St., Fulton St., Webster Ave.
Occupation (father)
Tanner (Eu), Peddler (US)
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Sohoff, Hope
Indexer
Snowden, Deanna
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.401
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh