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Live and Be Well: A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America from the First Immigrants to the Second World War
Richard F. Shepard (au); Vicki Gold Levi (au)
A popular overview of Yiddish-American culture. Documents the rich and vibrant traditions of Yiddish-speaking immigrants and their children in “the golden land,” from the first arrivals to WW2. Meet hotelier Jenny Grossinger and mobster Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, and Moses Solomon, the would-be “Jewish Babe Ruth”; anarchist Emma Goldman and entertainer Eddie Cantor. Share the struggles and the triumphs of the labor unions, of Yiddish playwrights and poets. Enter the sweatshops of N.Y.’s Lower East Side and the first Jewish settlements in LA and Chicago. Taste pastrami from Canter’s Deli in LA, knishes from Yonah Shimmel’s in NY City, and “smookmit” from Montreal. Lavishly illus. with photos, cartoons, and song sheets.
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