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By Dr. Lawrence A. Coben

 [Backad advert replica, Coben, Anna’s Shtetl]  “Using countless numbers of interviews, Coben has created a desirable account of Anna’s formative years within the shtetl in Korsun, Ukraine, telling the tale from her start in 1905 via her immigration to the United States in 1919. This biography is principally infrequent simply because there are only a few firsthand descriptions from this time and position written from a feminine standpoint. With striking readability and aspect, Anna describes the connection among Korsun’s Jews and Christians, either in stable occasions and later, as she and her kin develop into sufferers in different terrifying pogroms. the tale of the lengthy trip that eventually takes them to the United States is a page-turner that retains the reader’s recognition to the very finish. hugely recommended.” – organization of Jewish Libraries Newsletter “The e-book relates the wealthy element of daily shtetl lifestyles and describes not just the atrocities suffered but in addition the kindness and friendship of many non-Jewish neighbors.” – Mass-Pocha  “A photo of lifestyles within the Russian shtetl painted with a truly proficient brush.” – St. Louis Jewish booklet pageant evaluate  “Wondrous… what makes Anna’s tale actually striking is her uncanny reminiscence and her skill to keep in mind minute information about events.” – West finish note   

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Even before going to Sonya’s house, though, Anna knew the habits of chickens. Many women in Korsun kept a hen or two, not as a business, but to provide eggs for the family. In addition, a housewife like Anna’s mother sometimes bought a chicken to fatten for a Sabbath meal, feeding it and keeping it for a few days under the oven. The chickens were allowed to roam the street and yards during the day, but they went in to roost at dusk each night. They even went to roost when it became cloudy during the day.

The darkness was looking more and more like nighttime, even though it was still the middle of the day. No one explained to Anna what was happening to the sunlight. Seeing the chickens running this way and that in the street, the women scrambled to catch them in the gloom and took them into the proper houses. The sunlight ¤nally disappeared. Still, neither Leya nor Mrs. Koslov told Anna anything. 1 7 The Marketplace Anna’s eclipse of the sun occurred on August 21, 1914, twenty days after Germany had declared war on Russia.

Buying a length of beautiful linen, Beyla had brought together her women friends for a shroud-making party. They ate, and they sewed, and then she danced in her new-made shroud. Afterward, she stored it in the attic. This was in the good times. Then in the time of the pogroms, Oodl Slivnik was murdered, and they had to bury her on a Friday at noon. There was no time to make a shroud, because otherwise they would have to keep her until Sunday. They went to Beyla’s house on the hill, and she gave them her own shroud for Oodl.

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