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Bruce Drake

This week's excerpt is the story of an "ordinary" man. It is perhaps
not as dramatic as many of the Yizkor book chapters presented here,
but it is a portrait of a man "happy with his portion of life" who
worked many jobs, each of which provides its own picture of life in
the shtetl. In the beginning, Todres was a water-carrier, then a
grave-digger ("When his work was done, he used to take out >from his
pocket a bottle of whisky or spirit and drank, but he never was
drunk.") and undertaker.

When his earnings were not enough, he worked as a helper in the
synagogue. When the sexton's daughter scandalized the congregation by
converting to Christianity and marrying a Pole, Todres took his place,
winning over those who were less than happy about his new role. He
brought home every penny he earned to his wife (who cooked for him
meals that were "very far >from good and tasty.") Todres' story, "Image
of Ordinary People," is >from the Yizkor book of Sopotkin, Belarus.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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