Sarah’S Ten Fingers

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iUniverse, Jan 9, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 504 pages

In the early 1900s, Sarah, a single mother of six children, is trapped in the bloody upheaval marking the death of Czarist Russia and the birth of the Soviet Union. Facing bigotry, poverty, and bloody revolution, Sarah determines to escape the catastrophe engulfing her and her family. She vows to bring them to America.

In this memoir, author Isabelle Stamler traces her familys roots back to the small Belarussian hamlet of Vashisht, telling their story of the journey from Russia to a new life in New York City. From the Great Depression through World War II and beyond, Sarahs Ten Fingers narrates the trials and tribulations faced by this determined mother seeking a better existence for her family.

Sarahs Ten Fingers recalls Sarahs tenacity, strength, and intelligencetraits that have been replicated in her progeny, who are now teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, business owners, and writers. It portrays fifty years in the lives of a family that was brought out of hell by a pious Jewish woman seeking to attain the Golden Land.

 

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Contents

Vashisht
1
Leaving
31
New York
51
Richmond Terrace
85
Coney Island
128
New Family
139
The Bronx
161
War
171
Bubbe and Zada
318
Maryland
332
Evas House
364
Little Neck
374
Torah
390
A Marriage and a Widower
394
Jobs
399
Cincinnati
405

The Aftermath
192
Summer 1946
195
Bigotry
206
Teenage Years
224
Senior Year
243
Hunter College
266
87 Street
301
Weekends Only
307
The West Side
421
Stroke
449
Ricky
454
StayatHome Mom
466
On and On
481
Epilogue
488
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About the author (2013)

Isabelle Stamler grew up in New York City during the Great Depression and World War II. She is retired from a long teaching career. Stamler has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1957.

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