"My Name is Freida Sima": The American-Jewish Women's Immigrant Experience Through the Eyes of a Young Girl from the Bukovina

by Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz


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Freida Sima (Bertha) Eisenberg Kraus was among the two million Jewish men, women and children who emigrated from Europe to the United States during the Great Wave of Immigration (1881–1914). This book tells her story and that of her family, from her birth in the Bukovina to her immigration to New York City alone at age fifteen in 1911, her immigrant work life, her marriage to a widower with four sons, and the birth of their only daughter right before the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929. It describes how she and a whole immigrant generation survived that Depression, sent their children off to fight for America during the Second World War while worrying about what was happening to the families that they had left back in Europe. It takes the story further, describing what happened to her European family and how she was reunited with her surviving siblings after the war. The book continues for almost a half century after the war’s end, portraying the «Golden Years» of these former immigrants through their retirement and until the final years of their lives.

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ISBN-13: 9783034321938
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 886,314
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Prof. Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz is the Director of the Schulman School of Basic Jewish Studies, the Director of Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism, and Professor of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University. She is the author of numerous books and articles and specializes in topics pertaining to Gender, Jewish religious life, the Holocaust, Memory, State of Israel, and Commemoration. Among her books are Double Jeopardy: Gender and the Holocaust (1998), Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain 1938–1945 (2012) and Identity, Heroism and Religion in the Lives of Contemporary Jewish Women (Peter Lang, 2013).

Table of Contents

How it all began: Ramat Gan (1975) – The Education of Freida Sima: Mihowa-Eastern Galicia (1895–1911) – The Immigration of Freida Sima: New York (1911–1923) – The Courtship of Freida Sima: New York (1923–1928) – Marriage, Motherhood, and Money: Freida Sima and the Great Depression: New York (1929–1939) – Freida Sima and the Holocaust: New York, Romania, and Transnistria (1939–1945) – New Beginnings: Freida Sima and her Reunited Family: New York and Israel (1945–1953) – Brighton Beach Memoirs: Freida Sima, Max, and the «Golden Years» (1954–1974) – Freida Sima Makes Aliyah: Ramat Gan and New York (1974-1984) – An End that is also a Beginning – Illustrations – Maps – Family Tree – Glossary of Non-English Words – Photographs – Bibliography

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