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By Judith Pearl Summerfield

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A guy Comes from somewhere: tales, historical past, reminiscence from a misplaced Time is a cultural learn of a multi-generational Jewish kin from a shtetl in southwestern Ukraine earlier than global warfare I to their foreign lives within the twenty first century. The narrative, informed from a number of views, turns into a transformative area for re-presenting family members tales as cultural functionality. The research attracts from many assets: ethnographic interviews with an oral storyteller (the author's father), family members letters, papers from immigration and aid enterprises of the Nineteen Twenties, eyewitness stories, newspaper clippings, images, maps, family tree, and cultural, historic, and literary study. The e-book investigates the methods relations tales might be amassed, interpreted, and re-presented to situate tale in heritage 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 feel of the area. reminiscence is an act of resistance, the refusal to be silenced or erased, the insistence that we all know the prior and bear in mind those that got here earlier than.

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We were having fun, enjoying ourselves. I asked my father if he ever had a girlfriend, and he said, I was maybe 11 or 12, the time I’m talking about now, and there was an aristocratic family, very modern, the show people of the town. I was very shy. This was my first encounter. There was a school teacher in Russian, and me and another boy, we used to go there to the house, and she’d tutor us in Russian, and she had a little sister, the same age as I was.  . and we played post office, where you send notes.

Like my father, Yosel was the youngest in the family. Of his father Yosel’s family, there were all kinds of mingled up stories, my father said. Yosel’s father married twice: he had a son Willy with his first wife, Rachel, and then she died. Then he married Sur, a widow who had one daughter, whose name was Beila. In all there were seven children in the family. Sur’s daughter Beila from her first marriage, and Labe’s son Willy from his first marriage, and then Labe and Sur had five children together, with Yosel, the youngest.

Every Sabbath would bring with it chicken soup and boiled chicken, the daily potatoes, and that was the day the younger children received an extra penny to buy sweets at one of the local merchants. Motye counted himself rich. His pockets were always full of hard candy (he called it sucky candy), and the Sabbath multiplied the weekly supply. My father says that his mother, Chana, was a serious, hard-working woman. She was highly respected in the town. “How does a woman become so respected,” I asked him, and he said, By her deeds.

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