Respondent
Zwang, Esther
Interview Date
Unknown
Abstract
[T1S1] Discusses relatives' whereabouts. Arrangements for and payment of private tutor in Poland are indicated. Work for gentiles as dressmaker is recounted. Respondent explains acceptance of poor treatment in Poland. Respondent mentions clandestine emigration. Respondent discusses stay with husband's relatives in New York. Husband's wages as tailor in New York are detailed. Relocation to Pittsburgh and husband's sickness are indicated. Respondent's work in Pittsburgh is noted. Respondent's deception of parents to emigrate, parents' heartbrokenness and their post-WWI reconciliation are recounted. Respondent and husband's charter memberships in Shaare Zedeck on Townsend St. are indicated. Respondent mentions first Pittsburgh residence.
[T1S2] Respondent mentions rent and people to whom she sublet. Respondent's reaction to anti-Semitism in Mt. Oliver is recounted. Respondent mentions making and maintaining friendships. Cultural pursuits are enumerated; Pittsburgh doctors are mentioned. Respondent enumerates organizational affiliations and notes synagogue activities. Respondent indicates contact with relatives in Europe. Citizenship information is provided. Respondent explains political affiliation. Marriage information is provided. Children's secular and Jewish educations are noted.
Subjects
Antisemitism; Immigrants--Attitudes; Judaism--Relations--Europe--Catholicism; Synagogues; Shaare Zedeck Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1884
Country
Russian Poland
Emigration Date
prior to WWI
Profession
Dressmaker, Housewife
Work
Mount Oliver, PA
Residence
Fulton St.; Hill District, Miller St.;
Length (hours)
1
Collateral Materials
None
Identifier
ais196440.509
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh