Survival; or, How My Family Beat the Odds in 1940

It wasn’t easy for an entire Jewish family to escape Eastern Europe in the mid-20th century. Ruth Wisse’s did.

Ruth Roskies and her older brother Ben as children in Romania. Ruth R. Wisse.

Ruth Roskies and her older brother Ben as children in Romania. Ruth R. Wisse.

Ruth R. Wisse
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May 17 2018
About Ruth

Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, will be published in September.

We present here the first chapter from the memoirs-in-progress of the renowned scholar and author Ruth R. Wisse. Further installments will appear regularly over the next months.

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More about: East European Jewry, History & Ideas, Holocaust, Poland, Soviet Union, The Memoirs of Ruth Wisse