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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Ala from the Primer

Ala from the Primer

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Alina Margolis-Edelman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter recounts the author's first introduction to religion. She was raised by her religious nanny who took her to church, not only on Sundays, but whenever the nanny had a bit of time. However, when the author started attending school at the City School of Work, which was created by the socialist municipality, she experienced discrimination for being a Jew. The chapter then describes the author's father, who was a doctor and worked in a hospital but had a private practice at home as well. Though he did not know a word of Yiddish, he was active in the Jewish socialist organization, the Bund. That was how he became an alderman in the socialist city council of Łódź in the last years before the war. He was charged with matters related to public health, which took up an enormous amount of his time. The chapter also describes the author's brother and mother, and looks at the author's experiences during the German occupation of Łódź and at the School of Nursing.

Keywords:   religion, City School of Work, Jew, Jewish socialist organization, Bund, socialist city council, Łódź, public health, German occupation, School of Nursing

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