36 Letters

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Jewish Publication Society, Jan 1, 2011 - History - 116 pages
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Joan Sohn found her grandparents? 36 letters, tucked away for 65 years in a small brown paper bag. When she read them, her family?s story came alive. Of course, there were missing pieces?many of them; and so she began a long labor of love, filling in the gaps. Thanks to those letters and Sohn?s determination, we have that story ? about people who left their homes for a new start and never returned. They reinvented themselves; they changed their citizenship, their language, their customs, and even their names. 36 Letters is about separation, personal struggle, and achievement. It?s about people who landed at Ellis Island and made their way, somehow, to New York?s Lower East Side, and then to Philadelphia, where they grew and multiplied and made remarkable contributions to the city?s development. Accompanied by over 100 stunning photographs, maps and illustrations, and, of course, the letters.
 

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Contents

Lost and Found
6
A Brief Family Tree
8
The Old Country
9
America
27
The People in the Letters
40
36 Letters and the KormanYesersky Engagement Contract
52
And they lived happily ever after
95
Notes
102
Works Cited
104
Appendix A How Passover Will Be Celebrated on the East Side
107
Appendix B The Stage Coaches and the Mail
109
The Hope a Poem by A S Yesersky
112
Appendix C Immigration Records
113
Appendix D Names of People in the Letters
114
Acknowledgments
115
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About the author (2011)

Joan Sohn grew up in Philadelphia and still has strong family ties there, but she has called Toronto her home for 35 years. Active in her community, she is on The National Board of Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum. Sohn, who received a degree in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University and studied at Ontario College of Art, turns her art expertise into visual stories in 36 Letters.

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