Botchki: when doomsday was still tomorrow

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George Braziller, 27.09.2001 - 238 Seiten
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With the humor and clearsightedness of one who loved the shtetl, but who worked hard to escape from it, Zagier records the rhythms and texture of everyday life in Botchki, a small town northeast of Warsaw, from the early years of the century until 1927.The author glories in the details of growing up and explores every irony, every twist of fate, every historical fact, as history rushed past this shtetl, sometimes affecting it, sometimes just passing it by. Life was ruled by religion, and he recounts his growing rebelliousness against God, who gives his life meaning and yet allows so much suffering.First set down on the eve of World War II, finished fifty years later, and now published for the first time, Botchki is a testament to a vanished world. This important and moving memoir is essential reading for everyone interested in issues of Jewish life, identity, and exile, as seen through the lens of life in an Eastern European shtetl in the early twentieth century.

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Magnificent, truly. A work great in both the clarity of its rememberings and the importance of its story. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Polonia Restituta
118
The Doctors Were Wrong
122
Sixth Spoon Arrives
128
Cherries
132
Saint Takes Leave
137
Shtoopl Forms a Militia
142
After the Miracle on the Vistula
146
A Mothers Heart Knows
150
Little Wolf Crosses My Path
184
Out of the Frying Pan
190
4i A Goat Named Elijah
196
42 New Life
201
Rachel Korn
205
Yankls Suicide
208
A Family Learns English
211
Disaster
216

The Soul Trappers
156
Eat Days
161
White Bread on Weekdays
168
Chaim the Ape
174
Cold Pogrom
180
and Deliverance
221
Discover My Father
225
Escape
228
Epilogue by Vega Zagier Roberts
233

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