Re: The Boy Who Would Not Eat #general


My grandmother Faiga Sobelewski grew up in the Czarist Russian city of Elisavetgrad (Ukraine, now with a different name) from 1893 to 1907. That year she immigrated with her widowed mother and siblings to Montreal.

There were various revolutionary upheavals as she was growing up at which times the flour mills were closed, and so there was no bread.  She told me when I young that she and her siblings frequently ate watermelon as a substitute for bread.  Even her old age, with the summer fruits available in Canada, she always preferred eating watermelon to bread.  I imagine there are others who may have heard similar stories from their grandparents.

Mel Solman

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