By Dr. Lawrence A. Coben
[Backad advert replica, Coben, Anna’s Shtetl] “Using hundreds and hundreds of interviews, Coben has created a desirable account of Anna’s adolescence within the shtetl in Korsun, Ukraine, telling the tale from her start in 1905 via her immigration to the United States in 1919. This biography is principally infrequent simply because there are only a few firsthand descriptions from this time and position written from a feminine point of view. With notable readability and element, Anna describes the connection among Korsun’s Jews and Christians, either in solid occasions and later, as she and her kinfolk turn into sufferers in numerous terrifying pogroms. the tale of the lengthy trip that eventually takes them to the US is a page-turner that retains the reader’s consciousness to the very finish. hugely recommended.” – organization of Jewish Libraries Newsletter “The e-book relates the wealthy aspect of daily shtetl lifestyles and describes not just the atrocities suffered but in addition the kindness and friendship of many non-Jewish neighbors.” – Mass-Pocha “A photo of lifestyles within the Russian shtetl painted with a really proficient brush.” – St. Louis Jewish e-book pageant assessment “Wondrous… what makes Anna’s tale actually amazing is her uncanny reminiscence and her skill to keep in mind minute information about events.” – West finish be aware
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Extra resources for Anna's Shtetl (Judaic Studies Series)
Mayna’s Yiddish name was Mekhli, but Sarah said she needed a fancy Russian name and began to call her Mayna. Leya was still in bed—women were usually con¤ned to bed for ten days after childbirth—when, through her window, she heard someone yelling that Avrum and Beyla’s duplex was on ¤re. Although no one was hurt in the ¤re, one unit of the house was badly damaged. Since it was summer, Avrum, Beyla, and their son-in-law and daughter were able to live in the half of the house that was less damaged, for more than a month before moving into the big house on the main street where Beyla had grown up.
Having taught herself to read both Hebrew and Yiddish, Beyla was the only one able to read the prayer book and the Bible. She was the “sayer,” the zogerin, for the thirty or forty women in the congregation. They sat on their chairs, listening as she read aloud to them in Yiddish from the Sedra, in a women’s Torah volume. In spite of Beyla’s high position among the women in shul, she was also a close friend to several of them. One of these was Oodl Slivnik, the mother Grandmother Beyla / 17 of the wealthiest Jewish man in town.
Eventually Meyndl received a telegram saying that he was missing in action. He never returned. Though Beyla had successfully reared six daughters, and had built a business that had supported the family, she believed that her life had value because she was the wife of a man of religious learning. Her tradition taught her that she was married to a man who was carrying out that most 14 / Chapter 3 important mitzveh, the commandment of the Torah to spend his life studying and teaching the word of God.
Anna's Shtetl (Judaic Studies Series) by Dr. Lawrence A. Coben