In this preamble, Pauline Wengeroff reflects on the experiences and observations that she recorded in her memoirs. She remembers a joyful, worry-free childhood in her parents' home, followed by sorrow and happiness in the lives of the Jews in Russia, and events in her own home. Wengeroff's memoirs chronicle the more important events and cultural transformation of Jewish society in Lithuania during the 1840s and 1950s, a transformation that also affected her. Born in the early part of the 1830s in the Lithuanian city of Bobruisk, Wengeroff was raised by very religious, spiritually refined, and noble parents. Children during the period devoted their time to learning German and Polish literature, and to studying the Bible and the prophets, something that only made them proud of their religion and tradition and connected them closely to their people.
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