Respondent
Yecies, Gizella
Interview Date
May 17, 1991
Abstract
Gizella Yecies immigrated to the United States in 1950 and opened her own dressmaking shop, which she operated for thirty-two years; birth year, 1908;
[T1S1] birth in Austria; her father's death and mother's attempt to come to the United States; brother's imprisonment in Dachau; his marriage after his release; discussion of her immigration to the United States in 1950; her work at Kaufmann's Department Store, Linton's and the Bridal Shop, before establishing her own business; location of her shop of twenty-seven years; recollections of her early life in Vienna; her education there; her brother's education in law; comparison of Vienna to her life here; recollections of a children's camp in Holland;
[T1S2] her friendship with a Rabbi Heertjes and his family who escaped the Holocaust; attending the wedding of Rabbi Heertjes's granddaughter in Holland; her early life in the United States; her affiliation with Rodef Shalom; her activities with the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association; her affiliation with Hadassah;
[T3S2] names of family members she lost in concentration camps; other family background information; further discussion of her dress shop at 2240 Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh; closing her business in 1990; discussion of her love of her work; her financial difficulties after relocating her business; her love of symphony; her methods of designing clothing;
[T2S4] her parents' names; opinions about various subjects.
Subjects
Austria; Dressmaking; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Birth Date
1908
City
Vienna
Country
Austria
Emigration Date
1950
Profession
Dressmaker
Work
Kaufmann's
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Joseph, Florence
Interviewer2
Braun, Howard
Indexer
Joseph
Collateral Materials
Box 107 FF 29
Identifier
ais196440.504
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh