JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish maids #general

Ida & Joseph Schwarcz

Dear friends,
To follow through on Jewish women as domestic servants-- During the years of
mass immigration of Jews >from Eastern Europe to the US, many of the classes
set up for the new immigrants, to teach them how to adapt to life in the US,
were geared to domestic service for women ( sewing, cooking, cleaning, etc.)
and manual labor for men. To the dismay, astonishment, ? of the middle
class (often German Jewish) sponsors of these classes, the younger
immigrants opted for academics and many graduated >from high school and
My parents were very poor, but did not even let me baby-sit for money
because that meant I would be a "maid." If my services were required by a
neighbor, my mother made me baby-sit for free!
Ida Selavan Schwarcz
Arad, Israel

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