Sam Spritz (2nd interview)

Title

Sam Spritz (2nd interview)

Description

Sam Spritz was born (circa 1898) into a Jewish family in pre-revolution Russia.  In 1913, he moved with his father and brother to Philadelphia, attracted by the promise of freedom, democracy, and easy access to education.  In the early 1920s, Spritz's mother and grandmother died of starvation in Russia during the Povolzhye famine. The rest of his family died after the Nazis invaded Russia during World War II. In Philadelphia, Spritz worked in a shirt factory while studying in night school, married and raised a family, and ran his own female undergarment factory.

Identifier

2017oh276_irw044

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

Sam Spritz

Sort Priority

0024

Interview Keyword

Russia
Jewish
Garment industry
Great Depression
Smedley Butler
Lincoln Steffens
Tenderloin District (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Crime.
Police corruption.
Police.
1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition
1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exhibiton

Indexed By

Leonard Lederman

Files

spritz_OH.jpeg


Citation

“Sam Spritz (2nd interview),” Philly Immigration, accessed December 10, 2018, http://phillyimmigration.nunncenter.net/items/show/868.