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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Życiorys Własny Przestẹpcy

Życiorys Własny Przestẹpcy

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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Urke Nachalnik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents some excerpts from Urke Nachalnik's Życiorys Własny przestępcy (The Autobiography of a Criminal), which was published in 1933. Nachalnik begins his autobiography by describing his childhood and the circumstances that brought about his imprisonment. He recounts his education in a traditional kheyder. After completing kheyder, Nachalnik is sent to the yeshiva in Łomża. While there, he receives news about the death of his mother but is urged not to return home. Nachalnik struggles to support himself and finds board at the house of a prostitute with whom he has a relationship. As a result, he neglects his studies; he returns home for the following Passover. Later, Nachalnik spends several weeks in prison and is finally bailed out by his father. He returns to his town, where his father keeps humiliating him by telling everybody about his thievery. His father then sends him to work for his uncle as an apprentice in his bakery.

Keywords:   Urke Nachalnik, autobiography, Jewish criminal, imprisonment, kheyder, yeshiva, Passover, thievery

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