The Keeper of the Violin | Sarah Federman

Logan Nonfiction Alumna Contributes to Smithsonian Magazine

 The Keeper of the Violin

My grandfather Jack Federman was born in 1902 in Sosnowiec, Poland, which was then under Russian control. Life wasn’t easy for Jews there, and at the age of about fourteen, Papa Jack, as we called him, fled the pogroms with his younger brother, Henry, in tow. The two of them moved across Europe and found their way to Palestine by ship. As some of the earliest members of He-Halutz, the brothers worked two years with the Zionist Youth Movement. They then chose to emigrate to New York City. Soon after his arrival, Papa Jack acquired the violin he would hold so dear…

 

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