Respondent
Tannenbaum, Max
Interview Date
1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent indicates relatives' emigration upon mother's death. Respondent reports tailor apprenticeship and parent's jobs. Children's support and HIAS' assistance of father are mentioned. Respondent notes cheder attendance and lack of public education. Respondent indicates synagogue's age, size and subsidy by Russians. Respondent notes lack of contact with non-Jews. Parents' religious charitable activities are enumerated. Restrictions on Jews in Russia are indicated; perceptions of U.S. are related. Respondent's reasons to avoid conscription are explained. Respondent recounts illegally crossing border in Germany and discusses household items brought to U.S. Respondent's arrival and first job in Pittsburgh are noted. Respondent notes accommodations of and rent for first residence. Wages and hours as tailor are noted. Garment union's membership is discussed.
[T1S2] Respondent's local meeting place is specified; Respondent's contact with relatives in Europe is reported. Assistance Respondent received in applying for citizenship is related. Respondent explains socialist political affiliation.
Subjects
Immigrants--Travel--Personal narratives; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Party affiliation; Socialism; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1888
City
Sherashum (near Bialystok)
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1906
Profession
Tailor
Residence
Hill District, Pastor Alley
Occupation (father)
Odd jobs/Grocer
Length (hours)
1
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.465
Rights
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