By Dr. Lawrence A. Coben
[Backad advert reproduction, 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 delivery in 1905 via her immigration to the US 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 standpoint. With impressive readability and aspect, Anna describes the connection among Korsun’s Jews and Christians, either in solid occasions and later, as she and her family members turn into sufferers in numerous terrifying pogroms. the tale of the lengthy trip that at last 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 publication relates the wealthy element of daily shtetl existence and describes not just the atrocities suffered but additionally the kindness and friendship of many non-Jewish neighbors.” – Mass-Pocha “A photo of lifestyles within the Russian shtetl painted with a truly gifted brush.” – St. Louis Jewish publication pageant evaluation “Wondrous… what makes Anna’s tale actually extraordinary is her uncanny reminiscence and her skill to bear in mind minute information about events.” – West finish observe
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Leya, now twenty-seven, sat in the center, holding nine-month-old Mayna on her lap. Wearing one of her two wedding dresses—the black one, in which she had gone to religious services the day after her wedding—Leya was enveloped from her neck to her toes. Her dark hair was pulled close to the head and drawn back behind her ears. 7 The two older girls stood with their arms at their sides. Seven-year- 30 / Chapter 5 old Anna was on her mother’s right, and four-year-old Gussie on her left, each wearing plum-colored velveteen dresses with elbow-length sleeves, and with white silk trim at collar and elbow.
The First Balkan War had begun, heightening fears of a general European war, a war in which Russia seemed ready to ¤ght as an ally of Serbia against Turkey. 5 Meanwhile, they could afford to leave Sarah’s room, renting their own half of a duplex nearby in the last months of 1912. Their new home had a clay ®oor in the kitchen-dining room, but it had the distinction lent by a “quarry tile” ®oor in the bedroom. Aaron’s beet seed money was not enough, though, to take him to America as well as to provide for Leya and the three girls until he could send money to them.
3 Aaron’s services as a jobber were less and less in demand. Even before Mayna was born, he could only occasionally ¤nd a job lot of merchandise to bring in from Kiev, hiring a few peasant wagons to distribute it to other small towns. Then, in late 1912 he made some money unexpectedly, when Germany began to pay high prices for beet seeds. Like many of the townsmen, Aaron scrambled to get his hands on as many seeds as he could in as short a time as possible. It was as though gold had been discovered, and everyone hurried to stake a claim.