Respondent
Shapira, Sarah
Interview Date
July, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Discusses arrival in New York and move to Canada. Respondent describes work and wages in Canada. Respondent recounts conflicts with supervisor and her refusal to work on Saturday. Respondent's marriage and honeymoon are noted. Respondent relates rabbi's advice on emigration. Respondent discusses town in Europe and the education accessible to Jews. Father's work at market is outlined. Respondent explains discontinuing her studies and mentions synagogue in her house. Respondent recounts beginnings of German anti-Semitism and extensively describes German-Russian antipathy in her town. Respondent describes friendship with gentile girl. Respondent discusses own and husband's families' backgrounds. Circumstances of emigration are explained. Respondent's husband and Respondent's religious criteria for a spouse are described. Sale of Respondent's property and rabbi's advice to emigrate are recounted.
[T1S2] Respondent relates chance encounter with relative in Pittsburgh. Respondent discusses husband's real estate dealings. Respondent's ailments and doctors' advice are described. Respondent describes the household items brought to U.S. and first Pittsburgh residence. Respondent describes owning farm in U.S. Respondent's husband's religious observances and synagogue attendance are discussed. Respondent details work and hours in Canadian factory. Respondent recounts financial arrangements in parents' household and for marriage in Europe. Child's Jewish instruction and upbringing are mentioned.
[T2S3] Respondent discusses disciplining her children. Renting to Blacks is discussed. Respondent mentions first acquaintances in Pittsburgh and Passover celebrations. Fates of European relatives are enumerated. Respondent expresses desire for children to live as Jews and indicates the influence of U.S. on children.
Subjects
Child rearing; Education--Europe; Farms; Agriculture; Immigrants--Attitudes; Marriage; Real estate agents; Real property; Sabbath Observance; Europe--Social conditions; Europe--Politics and government
Birth Date
1889
City
Ugarstil?; Lemberg [Lvov]
Country
Austria-Hungary?
Emigration Date
1907
Profession
Seamstress
Work
Toronto, Canada
Residence
Toronto, Canada; Hill District, Cliff St.
Occupation (father)
Storeowner, Livestock seller
Length (hours)
2.5
Interviewer1
Shapiro, Frieda
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.417
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh