My Fathers People: A Family of Southern Jews Louis Decimus Rubin Jr.

ISBN: 9780807153529

Published: July 1st 2002

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139 pages


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My Fathers People: A Family of Southern Jews  by  Louis Decimus Rubin  Jr.

My Fathers People: A Family of Southern Jews by Louis Decimus Rubin Jr.
July 1st 2002 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 139 pages | ISBN: 9780807153529 | 7.44 Mb

Louis Rubins people on his fathers side were odd, inscrutable, and remarkable. In contrast to his mothers family, who were normal, good people devoid of mystery, the ways of the Rubins both puzzled and attracted him. In My Fathers People, RubinMoreLouis Rubins people on his fathers side were odd, inscrutable, and remarkable. In contrast to his mothers family, who were normal, good people devoid of mystery, the ways of the Rubins both puzzled and attracted him. In My Fathers People, Rubin tells as best I can about them all -- my father, his three brothers, and his three sisters.

It is a searching, sensitive story of Americanization, assimilation, and the displacement -- and survival -- of a religious heritage.Born between 1888 and 1902 in Charleston, South Carolina, their father an immigrant Russian Jew, the Rubin children suffered dire poverty, humiliation, and separation when their parents became incapacitated. Three of the boys were sent to the Hebrew Orphans Home in Atlanta for several years.

Yet the sons all managed to build long, productive, even notable lives and livelihoods, becoming, variously, a newspaper editor, Broadway playwright and Hollywood screenwriter, businessman, and -- in the case of Rubins father -- a far-famed long-range weather prognosticator.Private people, reticent to discuss their painful early years, the Rubins were not easily knowable. Still, the author draws a strikingly candid portrait of each, using memories, stories, keen insight, and broad empathy -- fascinating character studies full of individual propensities and peculiarities that together reveal the wider family resemblance.

Although the Rubins were mostly nonreligious as adults, their familys rabbinical tradition and their experience as southern Jews were key to their vocational fervor and the lives they made for themselves. They were Americans, and they were Jews, Rubin concludes. These were enough.Told with Louis Rubins signature eloquence and wit, My Fathers People is a testimony to the courage of immigrant southern Jews and their gifts to their chosen country.



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