Vatz, Virginia H.
Interview Date
Respondent. social worker.
[T1S1] Respondent reads from notes: gives background information on father, Eugene Herzog, born 1880, Allegheny City (now North Side, Pittsburgh) provides name of his father: Moses, born in Bavaria; emigrated to America, lived on North Side. Respondent describes Herzog home on Beech Street: gives full description, owned and renovated by Carnegie Mellon University students, shown on house tours in that area. Respondent continues reading: adds information to Moses Herzog and wife Mollie, gives names of their children, describes life in Allegheny City: nice Jewish community, exclusive, good social life; mentions father's education: father and neighbors founded the Concordia Club, located on Duquesne Boulevard, then moved to O'Hara Street; father partner in Benswanger, Hast and Herzog, insurance firm. Respondent reads list of organizations in which father was involved; notes father listed in "Who's Who in Pittsburgh Jewry," 1927; discusses father's attempts to bring relatives in Bavaria and Germany to Pittsburgh; started 1937, very successful, describes how it was done and relatives lives in United States: happy and productive. Respondent states father married Nellie Stein, 1907; one child, Virginia Herzog (Vatz); gives date of father's death: 1950; explains Rodef Shalom Temple Junior Congregation started by Allen Vatz and Martin Fleishman. Respondent begins discussion of her life: born in Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, attended Colfax School, Taylor Allderdice High School and Northwestern University, returned to Pittsburgh and received Master of Social Work from University of Pittsburgh, gives date of marriage to Allen Vatz, 1939.
[T1S2] Respondent reflects on her work with various social service agencies, gives title of her MSW thesis: "Case Conferences of Jewish Family Welfare" 1937; father president for 10 years, comments on his involvement with other Jewish organizations. Respondent reads from notes: gives lengthy discussion of Jewish Family Welfare: originally known as United Hebrew Relief Association, (notes included in collateral materials), describes work done by agency, notes merge with other agencies to become Jewish Family and Children's Service, 1937. Respondent adds additional information regarding father: his move to Phillips Avenue in Squirrel Hill, 1913; notes only 3 families lived there; explains articles and photographs contained in collateral materials, notes father strong component of Jewish education, took no part in formal religion. Respondent gives names and careers of her two sons, married, mentions 4 grandchildren; explains father suffered severe stroke, unable to communicate with him during final years.
Allegheny, (Pa.); Concordia Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Herzog, Eugene; Jewish Family Welfare (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Jewish Family and Children's Service (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Social service; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 7
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