Respondent
Topolsky, Morris
Interview Date
January 10, 1969
Abstract
Provides biographical details.
[T1S1] Respondent notes father's work and extent of Respondent's education in Russia. Respondent indicates synagogue's size in Russia. Respondent relates motivation to emigrate and indicates route to U.S. Respondent's first impressions of U.S. are noted. Respondent mentions Pittsburgh accommodations and enumerates residences. Work, wages, and hours in produce business are described. Respondent describes employer's business fortunes and notes own change of occupation. Respondent's relations with gentile classmates are noted, as are Respondent's cultural pursuits. Respondent notes differences in own and parents' religiosity and indicates synagogue attendance. Respondent's lack of organizational affiliation is indicated. Respondent mentions socializing with manager.
[T1S2] Respondent recounts socializing with, and the generosity of, gentile theater manager. Respondent reports interest in sports. Passover celebrations are noted; citizenship information is provided. Respondent explains political affiliation and activities. Marriage information is provided. Respondent's financial problems during the depression are mentioned, as is the decision-making during Respondent's marriage. Respondent's children's education are noted.
Subjects
Produce trade; Religious life; Manners and customs
Birth Date
1901 (1898?)
City
Skvira (Kiev)
Country
Ukraine
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
Theater page, Produce Business, Insurance Salesman
Residence
Hill District, Webster Ave. and Manilla St., Wick St.
Occupation (father)
Worker for Rabbi
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Rosner, Florence
Indexer
Jenkins, Georgann K.
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.473
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh