This book tells the life story of an extremely engaging and charming Polish Jew, Shmuel Braw (1906-1992), who lived through the traumatic historical events that shaped Jewish experiences in the twentieth century. The story is told largely in Shmuel's own Yiddish- inflected Australian English to two avid listeners: Calvin Goldscheider, a social scientist, and Jeffrey M. Green, a writer and translator. Both the Holocaust and Shmuel's harrowing experience as a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp in Siberia figure prominently in this book, but Shmuel also describes his community of Tarnow, a town in southeastern Poland, in rich detail. After World War II, Shmuel settled in Melbourne, Australia before eventually immigrating to Israel. Shmuel was lively, colorful, entertaining, deeply concerned about other people, and a devoted and kind family man. The book is true to Shmuel's spirit and shares the life of a man whom everyone fondly remembers as a typical extraordinary Jew.
Calvin Goldscheider is professor emeritus of sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at Brown University. He previously taught at the Hebrew University and is now affiliated with American University's Center for Israel Studies, Washington, D.C. Goldscheider has published extensively on sociology and demography. Several of his books focus on comparative Jewish communities in the United States, Israel, and Europe. Jeffrey M. Green was born and raised in New York City. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Green has translated numerous books and articles from Hebrew and French and has also written several books, including two in Hebrew. He moved to Israel in 1973.
Part 1 Introducing Shmuel Chapter 2 Chapter 1: A Personal Pilgrimage to Tarnow, Poland, 2008 Chapter 3 Chapter 2: "It Happened, but It Didn't Happen" Chapter 4 Chapter 3: "A City in My Bones" Chapter 5 Chapter 4: "A Shtinkindike Shtik Flaish" Chapter 6 Chapter 5: "How Far will it Go" Chapter 7 Chapter 6: "I Wasn't Lucky in Australia" Chapter 8 Chapter 7: "They Dry Out" Chapter 9 Chapter 8: "Not Lonely but Lost" Chapter 10 Chapter 9: "A Normal Life" Chapter 11 Chapter 10: New Places Chapter 12 Chapter 11: A Poem about Tarnow Part 13 Epilogue: Kibbutz Ein Zurim, Israel, July 2008
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