Respondent
Weiss, Ralph
Interview Date
December 15, 1968
Abstract
[T1S1] Mentions house's size and town's industry in Russia. Respondent enumerates siblings' fates. Father's work is noted. Respondent explains attending two synagogues in Russia; political association in Russia is noted. Respondent reports motivation and means to emigrate. Respondent's route to Florida is indicated. Respondent's name change is noted. Respondent mentions accommodations in Florida and Pittsburgh. Respondent's first job and residence are noted. Respondent details wages and hours as salesclerk. Respondent discusses acquiring English. Cultural pursuits are enumerated, as are Respondent's religious observances. Purpose of Gemilas Hesed is outlined.
[T1S2] Respondent mentions recreational activities. A lack of knowledge of, and time for, organizations is indicated. Respondent mentions contact with relatives in Europe; citizenship and marriage information is provided. Respondent notes children's professions and Jewish educations. Family's opposition to Respondent's secular education in Russia is explained.
Subjects
Religious life--Europe
Birth Date
1889
City
Smargone?
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1913
Profession
General store SalesClerk
Residence
Hill District, Franklin St.; Connellsville, Pa.
Occupation (father)
Tutor
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Avins, Dorothy
Indexer
Goldman, Victoria
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.491
Rights
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