The promised land by mary antin

It seemed there were certain places in Russia — St. To worship the cross and to torment a Jew was the same thing to them. Outside the schoolroom he was conspicuous for high spirits in play, daring in mischief, and independence in everything. The stock consisted of cheap pottery, tobacco, matches, boot grease, and axle grease.

His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. The railroad station was a big place, much bigger than the one in Polotzk.

No, the Czar did not want us in the schools. The church bells were pealing their loudest. And so every boy was sent to heder Hebrew school almost as soon as he could speak; and usually he continued to study until his confirmation, at thirteen years of age, or as much longer as his talent and ambition carried him.

He did not have to buy permission to travel in the interests of his business. I am only one of many whose fate it has been to live a page of modern history.

There was an hour for dinner and play at noon. Primary Sources 1 Mary Antin, The Promised Land The Gentiles used to wonder at us because we cared so much about religious things about food and Sabbath and teaching the children Hebrew.

The official appointed to keep the register of boys for school purposes waxed rich on the bribes paid him by anxious parents who kept their sons in hiding. If he were one who had broken down under the cruel torments, and allowed himself to be baptized, for the sake of a respite, the Church never let him go again, no matter how loudly he protested that he was still a Jew.

Thoughtlessly she answered me, "In case of a pogrom. They ought not to have told me those dreadful stories.

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For the credit of Yuchovitch it must be recorded that my grandfather never had to stay away from the synagogue for want of his one decent coat to wear. And this close relation to God was the source of the strength that sustained the Jew through all the trials of his life in the Pale.

A Jew was a Jew, to be hated and spat upon and used spitefully. Visiting many of the members in their homes, she became convinced that she had true equality in America. A cousin of mine was guilty of the disloyalty of wishing to marry before her elder sister, who was unfortunate enough to be rejected by one mother-in-law after another.

And when there was no rebbe in Yuchovitch learned enough to guide him in the advanced studies, my father was sent to Polotzk, where he lived with poor relations, who were not too poor to help support a future rebbe or rav.

These were educated people, like Fedora Pavlovna, who made friends with their Jewish neighbors. There were things in Polotzk that made you laugh with one eye and weep with the other, like a clown. If he were found outside the Pale after his permit expired, he had to pay a fine that exceeded all he had gained by his journey, perhaps.The Promised Land is Mary Antin’s mature autobiography.

In it, she tells the story of what she considers her escape from bondage in Eastern. The Promised Land and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.

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