University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


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  • Baking Challah

    Baking Challah

    baking challah

    Every Jewish family would save a whole week's earnings to prepare a good meal and baked goods for the Sabbath. We never had cake on weekdays. I enjoyed watching Mother braid the challah (a special white bread), and I learned how to bake.

    Mother also baked for the other villagers to get a little extra income. For Easter, the peasants used to order large braided white breads called Paska. For the intellectuals--the priest, the engineer--Mother baked round sponge cakes.

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