Re: Fairy Tales my Father Told Me #belarus

Jeanette Hurwitz

Husbands grandfather told a tale of not wanting to go into the army in Poland so he ate a whole bunch of bananas and it distended his stomach so much he looked deformed and they wouldn't take him. I wonder how a poor jew got a bunch of bananas in the early1900's.

Another tale of the same grandfather, Soloman Rofer, is that he stowed away on a ship to come to America. When he didn't have documents at Ellis Island they were going to send him back but he begged them not to. So they said he could stay in the US and would have to go to Canada or Mexico. He asked what the weather was like and chose Mexico.

What we know for sure was his family was murdered by the Nazis and he wouldn't talk about them. 

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