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My Mother Told Me the Whole Story
In Yiddish: Mein Mutter Hat Mir Gesagt die Ganze Geschicte
by Thomas J. Scheff (January 2012)
My mother came from a poor Jewish family who had emigrated from Russia to New Orleans. When their father disappeared in the Alaska Gold Rush, all the children were put to work. Their mother couldn’t find work because she spoke only Yiddish, no English. And she still didn’t when I was a child. When my family visited her in Gladwater, Texas, where she lived with her daughter Hannah and son-in-law, Leslie, she and I played the card game Casino in Yiddish, give or take. more>>>