By Menachem Mendel Frieden
This outstanding memoir by means of Menachem Mendel Frieden illuminates Jewish event in all 3 of the main major facilities of Jewish lifestyles through the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It chronicles Frieden's early years in japanese Europe, his next migration to the U.S., and, ultimately, his payment in Palestine in 1921. The memoir seems right here translated from its unique Hebrew, edited and annotated by way of Frieden's grandson, the historian Lee Shai Weissbach.
Frieden's tale presents a window onto Jewish existence in an period that observed the encroachment of contemporary principles right into a conventional society, nice streams of migration, and the venture of Jewish kingdom construction in Palestine. The memoir follows Frieden's pupil lifestyles within the yeshivas of jap Europe, the practices of peddlers within the American South, and the complexities of British coverage in Palestine among the 2 international Wars. This first-hand account calls recognition to a couple usually overlooked facets of the fashionable Jewish adventure and offers important perception into the heritage of the time.
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I can see both of them before my eyes. Grandfather was a tall man with a slim, erect body, a light complexion and a long, long beard. Grey hair crowned his head and deep brown eyes were set deep within his face. Whenever he was seated, his hand supported his chin or his cheek. I don’t remember ever seeing him with a smile on his face. There was always a hidden sadness crossing his troubled countenance, although I can’t imagine that there was anything specific on which this sadness was based. Grandmother was a small woman, plump and round, with a full, cheerful face and laughing eyes.
Her translation was extremely well done and proved to be very helpful, even though, as in the case Acknowledgments of the anonymous memoir translation, I seldom used her translations verbatim. I thank Ilana for her fine work. Over many decades, well before I even began to think about preparing my grandfather’s memoir for publication, I had numerous opportunities to become acquainted with the places in the United States and in Israel mentioned in the reminiscences. On the other hand, I had virtually no experience in Eastern Europe.
I wrote primarily during my stay in the company of my family in the United States during 1947. ” In these chapters, the details are few, for, to my sorrow, I had no information about them at hand, except for what I saw and heard tell, and that is not much. 8 Besides, I hold dear the commandment “Honor your father and mother,” and all the more so when my forbearers were honest, hardworking people. 9 Most of this account revolves around me, for I’m writing my memoir and not that of someone else. These are the things that interest me, that I wish to go over, and that will be of interest to those who come after me.