Respondent
Silberman, Freda
Interview Date
February 1, 1996
Abstract
Respondent born 1922
[T1S1] Respondent describes family background, life in immediate family; parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren; describes family life in Europe, Hitler's annihilation of family, parents religious attitudes. Respondent emphasizes Jewish cultural life, involvement with socialist issues, effects of depression on family life.
[T1S2] Respondent discusses communal family gatherings, mother's involvement with Ladies Hebrew Society, YWHA, emphasis on knowledge of background, history. Respondent mentions schooling, Drake Business School, work at Office of Price Administration (OPA), introduction of future husband, Aaron, by friends.
[T2S3] Respondent comments upon life with army husband, differences between their families' religious practices, emotional interactions.
[T2S4] Respondent spoke about husband's educational training in accounting, love of music.
[T3S5] Respondent speaks about religious education with her family, Sunday School, confirmation, celebration of holidays, Rodef Shalom. Respondent comments about the development of husband's business, American Thermo Plastics, her community involvement with NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women), Hadassah, Pittsburgh Council of International Visitors; Aaron's love of music, sponsoring recital series, music scholarships, plans to give piano to Rodef Shalom in honor of husband, Aaron Silberman.
[T3S6] Respondent spoke about enjoyment received from city, restaurants, Playhouse, vacations to Ireland, Smithsonian trips.
[T4S7] Respondent discussed housing and job discrimination because of Jewish sounding last name, looking Jewish.
[T4S8] Respondent emphasized son Steven taking over business and his environmental concerns.
[T5S9] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
American Thermoplastic Company; Antisemitism; Economic Depression; Emmerman Recital Series; Music; Silberman, Aaron; Socialism; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1922
City
North Bergen, NJ
Occupation (father)
Watchmaker
Length (hours)
4
Interviewer1
Leib, Cindy Goodman
Interviewer2
Engler, Eva
Indexer
Sirman
Collateral Materials
Box 106 FF 23
Identifier
ais196440.429
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh