My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants

My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants

by Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814716954

ISBN-13: 9780814716953

Pub. Date: 04/05/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

In 1942, YIVO held a contest for the best autobiography by a Jewish immigrant on the theme "Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America." Chosen from over two hundred entries, and translated from Yiddish, the nine life stories in My Future Is in America provide a compelling portrait of East European and American Jewish life in the immigrant

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In 1942, YIVO held a contest for the best autobiography by a Jewish immigrant on the theme "Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America." Chosen from over two hundred entries, and translated from Yiddish, the nine life stories in My Future Is in America provide a compelling portrait of East European and American Jewish life in the immigrant generation at the turn of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13:
9780814716953
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
A Note on Annotations and Transliteration     xi
Introduction: Yiddish Social Science and Jewish Immigrant Autobiography   Jocelyn Cohen   Daniel Soyer     1
Success or Failure?   Minnie Goldstein     18
Why I Came to America   Ben Reisman     35
I Have Nothing to Complain About   Shmuel Krone     106
Why I Left My Old Home and What I Have Accomplished in America   Aaron Domnitz     124
What Drove Me to America and My Experiences in Europe and America   Rose Schoenfeld     160
My Future Is in America   Rose Silverman     189
The Movies Pale in Comparison   Bertha Fox     204
Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America   Chaim Kusnetz     233
I Haven't Lost Anything by Coming to America   Minnie Kusnetz     288
Glossary     311
Index     319
About the Editors     329

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