Monthly Archives: June 2021

Mid-Week Field Notes | June 16, 2021

Some quick things: I finally found the burials of my mother’s mother’s parents! They are buried at United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island in the United Hebrew Community section. I now have the exact block, row, and grave numbers. I’ll … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 24

Even if these essays about my immigrant forebears don’t receive publication, I know I’ve been able to somewhat piece together the fragments of their lives into a sort of biography. During a bout of insomnia the other night, I thought … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | June 9, 2021

Some quick things: I completed revisions on my Ethel Rosenberg bio in verse. I hope my editor agrees that I completed them! I gave a presentation on Yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books) to my graduate “Reading Yiddish for Holocaust Research” … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 23

Inspired by Toni Morrison’s “Sites of Memory” chapter in William Zinsser’s edited volume, Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, I began to think about my trip to my grandfather’s shtetl in 2008, recalling my thoughts about the … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | June 2, 2021

Some quick things: Still sloughing away at revisions on my Ethel Rosenberg bio in verse. This week I’m back at translating from Yiddish a 1947 journal article about the destruction of eastern Galician Jewry. I should have it completed by … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 22

Years ago when I first embarked on my family history journey, I spent a lot of time at the local Mormon stake, ordering and reviewing scores of microfilms. One of the volunteers there said with absolute conviction, “Our ancestors want … Continue reading

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