Thursday, December 20, 2012

Profile: Rebecca Rubin

Suggestions by Mara from Kansas and Blake from San Andreas.


  1. "The bad? She's a nine-year old-Jewish girl in 1914. Things are not going to turn out well for Rebecca. At least not when she's in her 30s, anyway."

    Uh, isn't she supposed to be living in America, not Europe?

  2. I would presume the editors refer to the tragedy of the 1940s as something that befell the Jews as a people.

  3. Anon #2 is pretty much right on.
    An American Jewish woman in the 1940s (and honestly we're giving her miserable decade in the depression short shrift here as well) may be "safe," but the parts of her family that didn't make it out aren't.
    She's forced to watch the extermination of her people from afar, while her own country actively and knowingly sends escaped Jews back to the death camps.
    And her husband (a woman of that age in that age is not only married but probably has at least 2 children, maybe 3) has almost certainly been drafted--is he ok? Or a corpse on some random field in France?
    So her fate could be worse, sure, but I wouldn't call it "good" either.