University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


  • Toby Knobel Fluek :
  • Uncle Mordche

    My Uncle Mordche

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    My uncle Mordche made a living buying eggs from the peasants and selling them to the city merchants. All day he walked along the dirt roads, at times ankle-deep in mud, to buy a few eggs from a peasant. Peddling was a way of life. He always had a sad look on his face. He had two daughters of marriageable age, and to be poor and without a dowry was a good reason to be sad.

    Eventually he married off his daughters through a matchmaker. The older daughter, Sheiwa, married a widower with three children. Chana, the younger one, married a boy from Podchajew, a town near the Russian border. That was no great honor either: the people from that region were called Fonie gonif, the Russian thieves.

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