Respondent
Spero, Mary
Interview Date
July, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Mentions brothers' locations in U.S. and Nimiksht's Jewish celebrations. Biographical details are provided. Stepmother's character and father's studiousness are indicated. Languages Respondent studied are enumerated. Relations with non-Jews in town are characterized; a nearby Cossack massacre is mentioned. Respondent enumerates relatives' businesses and professions in Lithuania. Services and studies at town's synagogues are noted; Respondent's secular and religious subjects are detailed. Respondent expresses townspeople's' desire to go to Palestine. Circumstances of Respondent's emigration are discussed. Respondent discusses assistance obtaining work at stogie factories. Marriage information is provided; family's origins are reported. Respondent relates the acceptance of Jews in Butler. Husband's synagogue position is noted. Economic difficulties of own store are related; others' appreciation of husband is described. Respondent recounts selling and repurchasing store. Respondent indicates accommodations in store and discusses subsequent financial difficulties. Respondent's Sabbath observances are indicated as are Respondent's Jewish and civic organizational affiliations. Husband is characterized and marriage information is provided. Butler reverend's friendliness with Jewish community and rabbi is recounted. Respondent and husband's social activities in Butler are discussed.
[T1S2] Respondent's religious sentiment and relationship with non-religious husband are discussed. Respondent discusses children's lack of observance and milieu for religious practice in U.S. Citizenship information is provided. Political life in Butler and Respondent's political activities are related. Respondent enumerates relatives and friends in U.S. and discusses size of Passover celebrations. Respondent expresses concern for children's health. Respondent illustrates good relations between Jews and gentiles in Butler.
Subjects
Butler (Pa.); Education--Europe; Judaism--Relations--Christianity; Merchants; Zionism--Europe
Birth Date
1886
City
Nemaksciai (Kaunas)
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1902
Profession
Stogie factory worker, Storeowner
Work
Marshall and Weisman's, Hill District; Mazer, Forbes Ave.
Residence
Hill District, Penn Ave.; Butler, Pa., Jefferson St.
Occupation (father)
Talmudist/Produce seller
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Gruskin, Shirley
Indexer
Becker, L. F.
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.448
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh