The Jews of Uchanie, my father’s shtetl in Lublin province, used to say about the Jews of Wojslawice just down the road, that they were meshumodim. Turncoats. What worse epithet could you hurl at a fellow Jew?
I borrowed the book from my parents, stashed it into my laptop case and begrudgingly cracked it open over Greenland. I couldn’t put it down.
“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a time where writing in Yiddish is utopian.”
The music of a pioneering Jewish label was destroyed on Kristallnacht. Now, the Semer Ensemble is trying to revive it.
Barbara Finkelstein’s father survived the deportation of Jews from Poland’s Uchanie. She met his old neighbor and found a sympathetic connection.
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