Respondent
Weiner, Nathan
Interview Date
October 31, 1968
Abstract
Provides biographical information. Respondent indicates cheder attendance and lack of public school in Russia. Respondent notes relations with non-Jews and father's arrests. Respondent's motivation to emigrate is expressed; neighbor's measures to protect self during social unrest are related. Respondent indicates route to U.S. and reports deception to obtain passport from Russia. Respondent mentions arrival in New York and explains relocation to Pittsburgh. Wages and hours as paperhanger are detailed. Respondent recounts impetus for Respondent's organization of cleaner's union. Size of union and effect of strike in 1934 are mentioned. Respondent explains leaving union position and expresses political views. Respondent's night school attendance is discussed. Cultural activities are enumerated; lack of religious observance is reported. Effect on father, and events, of pogrom in 1905 are mentioned. Respondent indicates Workmen's Circle membership and their assistance of strikers. Respondent's recreational activities in Pittsburgh and reaction to Russian Revolution are related. Respondent reports assisting sisters' emigration and notes friendships with gentiles in Pittsburgh. Citizenship information and political affiliation is reported. Respondent recounts meeting wife and provides marriage information. Intermarriage in family is noted. Respondent relates importance of not arguing in front of children. Children's professions are indicated.
Subjects
Family Life; Labor unions; Pogroms
Birth Date
1895
City
Retchse? (Minsk)
Country
Belarus
Emigration Date
1914
Profession
Bricklayer, Paperhanger, Cleaning company worker, Union organizer, Manufacturer
Work
Downtown, Pittsburgh
Residence
Hill District, Miller St.
Occupation (father)
Plaster/bricklayer
Length (hours)
1.5
Interviewer1
Soloff, Hope
Indexer
Beck, Maureen A.
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.486
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh