Re: Orphanage in Berdichev in 1920 #general

Sharon R. Korn <s.r.korn@...>

Irina Shub asked "why a Jewish father who remarried after his wife's
death will send his son to [an orphanage] and not bring him to his new
family? It doesn't sound to me a traditional thing for a Jewish family."
Sometimes the traditional Jewish practices were at least partly responsible
for this circumstance. When my grandfather remarried after the death of his
first wife, his second wife refused to raise his son >from his first
marriage. She was very traditional in her Jewish observance, but she was
forced into an arranged marriage which she didn't want, and refusing to
raise the child was apparently the only way she could rebel.

Sharon Korn
San Diego,

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