Interview with Anna B. Lasslo, August 18, 1986

Project: Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Anna Lasslo, a Hungarian immigrant who came to the United States in 1921, discusses her life experiences beginning with Hungary before and during World War One. According to Lasslo, life was hard there, and after the war ended, she and her sister and an aunt decided to go to America and join her parents who had emigrated several years earlier. She talks about the traumatic experience of Ellis Island where the new immigrants were treated like cattle as they were processed through. She then recalls the train ride to Hazard, Kentucky, where her parents met her and took her to a coal camp in Kenmore, West Virginia. There she met her future husband, who was a miner, and they moved to Hazard where he opened a small leather shop. At the time of this interview, Mrs. Lasslo still operated the combination leather and jewelry shop. Lasslo does not believe the immigrants were discriminated against very much in eastern Kentucky.

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1986oh271_app079

Interviewee Name

Anna B. Lasslo

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Elizabeth Barrett

Interview Date

1986-08-18

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Lasslo, Anna B. Interview by Doug Cantrell. 18 Aug. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lasslo, A.B. (1986, August 18). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Lasslo, Anna B., interview by Doug Cantrell. August 18, 1986, Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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