Respondent
Topolsky, Bess
Interview Date
July 23, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent mentions relatives who previously immigrated to U.S. Respondent discusses the property and remuneration of landowning Twersky Hasidic dynasty for whom her father worked. Respondent discusses socialist activities in locale and mother's progressiveness. Respondent notes tutoring for public school entry. Synagogue in Europe is described. Respondent recounts circumstances of visit to U.S. and Respondent's inability to return to Europe due to WWI. Respondent indicates first residences in Pittsburgh. Respondent notes public school attendance and Jewish education in Pittsburgh. Respondent describes parents' attitudes toward other Jews' irreligious views and progressive beliefs. Father's work in stogie factory and Respondent's work at the <i>Forward</i> are discussed.
[T1S2] Extent of Respondent's religious education is indicated; parents' theater attendance is mentioned. Respondent discusses educational and charitable activities of Workmen's Circle. Respondent recounts charitable organizational work. The construction and sale of the Labor Lyceum are mentioned. Citizenship information is provided; Socialist political affiliation is reported. Respondent notes experiences with Blacks and enumerates long-time friends. Jewish cultural and labor organizations elsewhere are briefly compared to those in Pittsburgh.
Subjects
Jewish newspapers; <i>Jewish forward (Pittsburgh, Pa.)</i>; Labor Lyceum (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Rabbis--Europe; Religious life--Attitudes; Synagogues--Europe; Workmen's Circle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1905
City
Skvira (Kiev)
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1914
Profession
Bookkeeper
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave., Miller St.
Occupation (father)
Rabbi's Aide, Stogie worker (US)
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Friedberg, Lillian
Indexer
Marvich, Nancy
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 5
Identifier
ais196440.470
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh