This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>

One of the joys of life in the shtetls - as well as an important part of peoples'
livelihoods - was when it was time for a fair. There are many chapters in Yizkor
books about them and this one >from the book of Rokiskis, Lithuania is about "A
Fair in Kamay," (or, Kamajai) a town about eleven south of Rokiskis in the
northeastern part of the country. "The poor shtetl waited for weeks for the fair,
since on the day of the fair the poor Jews found it easier to earn rubles." The
preparations were intense. The author's mother worked all night to get her baked
goods ready, the peasants gathered their cows, calves, oxen and pigs, and sleds
were filled with wheat, eggs and chickens. As the pace of the fair picked up,
there was, among all those who came to sell or buy, "arguing, bargaining,
gesturing with their hands and swearing all the false oaths in the world."
Stories were told, troubadours and musicians performed. And, of course, there was


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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