Respondent
Stern, Sam
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Extensively provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent explains parents' opposition to children's immigration to U.S. Respondent indicates attendance of high school and awareness of U.S. Town's lack of rabbi is noted. Religiosity of family's generations are compared. Respondent indicates private, not governmental, anti-Semitism in Austria-Hungary. Respondent's motivation to emigrate is explained; Respondent's destination in U.S. and exit from Austria-Hungary are indicated. Respondent notes moves between U.S. cities and satisfaction with U.S. wages. Monessen neighborhood is characterized. Respondent mentions acquiring trade and enumerates jobs. Respondent's hours and wages as furniture finisher and work in furniture store are discussed. Respondent outlines tutoring received in U.S. Cultural pursuits in Monessen are enumerated. Respondent's interest in Monessen's library and Pittsburgh's Yiddish newspapers in 1960s are mentioned. Respondent indicates lack of religiosity; father's reaction to Respondent's praying during a visit is recounted. Respondent mentions treatment received in Europe for food poisoning.
[T1S2] Respondent reports social activities and organizational affiliations in Monessen. Political affiliation is noted: marriage information is provided. Respondent mentions arranged marriages in Europe and comments on intermarriage. Children's Jewish and secular educations are noted. Respondent compares his own home life to his children's. Biographical details are provided and Respondent's desire to take advantage of opportunities is discussed.
Subjects
Education--Europe; Immigrants--Attitudes; Arranged marriage; Monessen (Pa.); Religious life
Birth Date
1894
City
Stryy
Country
Austria-Hungary
Emigration Date
1912
Profession
Cabinetmaker, Furniture finisher
Work
Monessen, PA; Salt Lake City, Utah
Residence
Monessen, PA; Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation (father)
Grocer, Transport company owner
Length (hours)
1.5
Collateral Materials
Box 99 FF 12
Identifier
ais196440.456
Rights
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