Respondent
Schwartz, Sophie
Interview Date
November 6, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details. Respondent notes father's and husband's occupations; the necessity of a private tutor in Russia is explained. Respondent mentions synagogue's fees for seats and family's lifestyle in Russia. Respondent's dislike of U.S. is recounted and immigrants' difficulties in starting a business are indicated. Respondent explains motivation to emigrate and indicates route to U.S. Respondent mentions her good relations with Russian gentiles. Respondent's arrival in U.S. and name change are noted. Household amenities in Russia and Pittsburgh are described and compared. Respondent expresses early feelings about remaining in, and becoming accustomed to, the U.S. Respondent recounts helping sister decipher street sign. Respondent mentions saving money to buy house; Respondent's rent expenses and ease of finding apartments are detailed. Respondent details husband's wages and hours on vegetable truck and in an ice cream factory. Respondent's husband's jobs on vegetable truck and as grocery store owner are outlined. Respondent describes her real estate dealings and family members. Respondent explains lack of education in U.S. and enumerates her activities in 1960s. Children's music lessons are enumerated, as are Respondent's cultural pursuits. Respondent comments on parents' religiosity in Russia and explains changes in religious observances. Respondent mentions synagogue affiliation.
Subjects
Education--Europe; Immigrants--Cultural assimilation; Quality of life; Quality of life--Europe; Religious life--United States
Birth Date
1892
City
Letichev?
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1913
Residence
Hill District, Mallow St.
Occupation (father)
Miller
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Mendelson, Emily
Indexer
Becker, L. F.
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.410
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh