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A Jewish Life on Three ContinentsThe Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden$
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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783637

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.001.0001

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Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Apologia

Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Apologia

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(p.xlvi) (p.1) Menachem Mendel Frieden’s Apologia
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A Jewish Life on Three Continents
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Lee Shai Weissbach

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783637.003.0001

Frieden’s apologia recounts his inner impulse to record all that was preserved in his memory about his own life and that of his family, which encompasses the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Though a Lithuanian Jew set into a life of migration as a result of the Lithuanian Diaspora, Frieden concedes that his account does not aspire nor does it pretend to provide new insights concerning Jewish life during this historic migration. Instead, he is interested mainly in the life of his own family members—an interest motivated by a profound lack of recorded history from generations past.

Keywords:   autobiography, memoir, primary sources, confessional

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