Is there some good information about the presence of Jews as bootleggers
during Prohibition? Not stuff about Bugsy Siegel, or any of the famous
Jewish gangsters, but the rest of them? I know that my grandfather and his
brothers ran alcohol through Canada to Wisconsin (and then later became
legal, I guess). Most of this material is/was hush-hush in the family of
Another question: Are many of you finding that you are the only one in
your family interested in the past, and receive a "Don't bother me/who
cares?" response or ones >from anger/suspicion to complete disinterest.
I've been so excited about all my discoveries, as well as thrilled to
hear of other family's searchs--thrilled to the point where I feel such
a deep Jewish identity!--that it's beginning to hurt me not to be able to
share these discoveries with the remaining living members of my family.
An irony or just another familiar story? Maybe I'm just upset about
what "family" is. Or isn't.
Researching: NAMEROFF, NEMEROFKY, NEMEROVSKY, POKRASS, POKRASSA, LEAVITT,
Kiev: ROSSAVA, KORSON, VINOGRAD