Category Archives: Russia/E. Europe

Rebecca Cohen and Blanche Meisel

My great-grandmother, Rebecca Cohen, came to the U.S. in 1899, with her 6-month old daughter, Blanche, in her arms. She was fleeing the Cossack-led pogroms in the Russian Pale of Settlement, the only place the autocracy let Jews have permanent residency. We don’t know exactly where her shtetl was–somewhere in what’s now Belarus, near Minsk. My great-grandmother started a farm ... Read More »

Usher Dushnitzer

My grandfather, Usher Dushnitzer, came to the U.S. in 1928 or 1929 at around age 26.  He grew up in a small town called Luknick in what is now Lithuania in a very Orthodox Jewish environment.  His father was a well known Rabbi who ran a religious seminary called a Yeshiva. During the Bolshevik Revolution that lasted from 1917 – ... Read More »

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