Respondent
Simons, Doris
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Mentions home in Europe and provides biographical details. Respondent indicates extent of Russian school attendance. Respondent notes work as youth and town's synagogue's interior. Produce sold by non-Jews in town is enumerated and mother's livelihood is outlined. Respondent mentions socializing as youth and recounts reactions to Czar's overthrow. Obstacles to Respondent's immigration to U.S. are enumerated. Respondent indicates route to Canada and determination to emigrate. Respondent recounts cost of U.S. visa and delay waiting for papers. Canadian school attendance is indicated. Respondent describes impetus to and means for move to Pittsburgh. Respondent reports early loneliness and hopes. Respondent notes first job, night school and residence with relatives. Respondent details wages and hours in bakery and sewing shop. Night school attendance is indicated; cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent notes religious observances. Respondent mentions Russian-speaking singing club and other recreational activities.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1901
City
Dombraveny
Country
Russia
Profession
Bakery worker, Seamstress
Work
Frank and Seder
Residence
Hill District
Occupation (father)
Seller/produce seller
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.433
Rights
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