Respondent
Surovitz, Jennie
Interview Date
February 14, 1969
Abstract
Explains delay at Ellis Island. Respondent indicates route to, and destination in, U.S. Respondent's fear upon arrival in U.S. is expressed; Respondent recounts becoming lost from the train station in Pittsburgh. Respondent explains discontent with working in aunt's household and treatment as an immigrant. Neighborhood of first residence is mentioned; wages and hours as clerk in aunt's store are detailed. Respondent's work in pants factory and as housekeeper are noted. Respondent reports husband's death and son's consignment to a public home. Cultural pursuits are enumerated. Respondent indicates religious observances and synagogue attendance. Respondent mentions contracting typhoid fever and reports social activities. Lack of assistance in acculturation and Passover celebration in Pittsburgh are noted. Respondent provides citizenship and marriage information. Child's Jewish education is indicated.
Subjects
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation
Birth Date
1892
City
Kletz?
Country
Russian Poland
Profession
storeClerk, Pants factory worker, housekeeper
Residence
North Side, Beaver Ave.
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Gruskin, Shirley
Indexer
Huzd, Susan
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.461
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh