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Bruce Drake
 

I never imagined that I would come across a Yizkor book excerpt about New York City’s famous Stage Deli which closed in 2012 after a run of about 75 years.

Actually, it is mostly about its founder, Max Asnas (spelled “Osnas” in this chapter from the book of Koidanov, now Dzyarzhynsk, in Belarus). The Stage became a magnet for celebrities ranging from actors and comedians to sports stars but in this account, Max’s sister Lilly, who was the cashier, tells the writer: ““They are not my kind of people. I have little in common with them. I think more highly of Avram Reisen and other Yiddish writers than of all the Broadway folks with whom Max associates. He feels like a fish in water with them. I feel a lot better being with my friends, with Koydenov folk.”

The excerpt recounts Max’s eventful journey to reach New York and appears in the book which was published in 1955. Asnas died in 1968.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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