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By Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer

ISBN-10: 0814716954

ISBN-13: 9780814716953

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In 1942, YIVO held a competition for the easiest autobiography through a Jewish immigrant at the subject matter “Why I Left the previous state and What i've got finished in America.” selected from over 200 entries, and translated from Yiddish, the 9 lifestyles tales in My destiny Is in the US supply a compelling portrait of yankee Jewish lifestyles within the immigrant new release on the flip of the 20th century.The writers arrived in the US in each decade from the Nineties to the Twenties. They comprise guide staff, shopkeepers, housewives, communal activists, and pros who got here from all components of jap Europe and ushered in a brand new period in American Jewish heritage. of their personal phrases, the immigrant writers express the complexities of the transition among the previous and New Worlds.An advent locations the writings in historic and literary context, and annotations clarify old and cultural allusions made by way of the writers. This specific quantity introduces readers to the advanced global of Yiddish-speaking immigrants whereas even as elucidating very important issues and issues of curiosity to these in immigration experiences, ethnic stories, exertions historical past, and literary studies.Published along side the YIVO Institute for Jewish learn.

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And so, at the age of eleven, I started to train as a tinsmith. Several months earlier, my brother-in-law had brought a journeyman from Lemberg by the name of Mates. He was a native of Rohatyn, in Galicia, a good tradesman and, as it turned out, a very honest man. My brother-in-law worked mainly in the villages making new roofs for churches. Every Friday he would come home for the Sabbath and ask my sister if I had obeyed her and if I had been a good boy. And it was seldom that she said that I had been obedient.

On the third day, I recited the mishna for my teacher. He was happy. After all, it was the first time I had studied alone, and it was such a difficult Gemara. So, there were certain chapters that the teacher taught to all of us boys together. But several select students, including me, studied Gemara on our own. Once I was sitting and reading the mishna that begins, “If a man sells a house . . ,”10 and the teacher was studying the chapter “A presumptive title to houses” with another youth—the Innkeeper’s Zekharye he was called.

He brought a plate of potatoes and fried onions, along with a nice 28 m i n n i e g o l d s t e i n steak! He put it down and went away. My mother sat there looking at me and said, “You see what he brought me? Why are you looking at it that way? You would eat it, wouldn’t you, you treyf soul! It’s because of you and your father that I was driven out of my home. ” So, she called over the steward and told him that this was not what she had ordered. She wanted him to bring her plain boiled potatoes and raw onions.

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