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A Man Comes from Someplace: Stories, History, Memory from a by Judith Pearl Summerfield

By Judith Pearl Summerfield

A guy Comes from somewhere: tales, background, reminiscence from a misplaced Time is a cultural research of a multi-generational Jewish kinfolk from a shtetl in southwestern Ukraine earlier than global battle I to their overseas lives within the twenty first century. The narrative, instructed from a number of views, turns into a transformative house for re-presenting family members tales as cultural functionality. The learn attracts from many assets: ethnographic interviews with an oral storyteller (the author's father), kinfolk letters, papers from immigration and aid businesses of the Twenties, eyewitness experiences, newspaper clippings, images, maps, family tree, and cultural, old, and literary learn. The e-book investigates the methods kinfolk tales will be amassed, interpreted, and re-presented to situate tale in background and to re-envision connections among the earlier, current, and destiny. family members tales develop into reminiscence websites for interrogating questions of loss and displacement, exile, immigration, survival, resilience, and id. tales functionality as antidotes to trauma, a way of creating experience of the realm. reminiscence is an act of resistance, the refusal to be silenced or erased, the insistence that we all know the previous and bear in mind those that got here earlier than.

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There was a litany of local and world events that he could recite: the recurring attempts of the local Ukrainians to establish a Ukrainian state; the Russian Empire reasserting its power in one political guise or another: czars or Bolsheviks or Soviets defeating the local insurgents and foreign insurgents, the Poles, Turks, or the Germans or the international forces that tried to quell the Revolution. It was all mixed up, and during the Revolution, things would change overnight. One day the Poles would be in charge, the next, the Bolsheviks.

So they did, and when they got to the bottom of the next hill, they were in the village, and the guy took out a ruble and a half to pay the driver. ” Is this a true story? I asked my father, and he said, “I think, if I’m not mistaken, it was one of Sholem Aleichem’s stories. He was a humorist, but in a certain way he made fun of the way things were in real life.  . there was a song and everybody was singing it.  . ” And my father sang the song, and we were both laughing. That’s the way it was with my father.

She’d take the clothing to the crick to wash. ) Chana and Yosel had the only beds in the house, two wooden beds with straw mattresses, and when the children were little, and his father wasn’t home, the younger children would crawl into one of the beds to sleep. The other three rooms, the living room, dining room, and kitchen, all became sleeping rooms. You’d sleep on the wooden benches, the couches filled with straw, and even on the straight-backed chairs. You’d pull two chairs together and make a bed, and you’d also sleep on the floor, too, wherever you found a space.

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