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Page 26 - Dr. Jack Yazer, Citizen

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/1/1 (409 reads)

nah--the Jewish New Year. What would that mean?) Just help him cook. More likely I helped him, but I don't remember too much about it.... I can just see those two inci? dents. And I think if I hadn't run under the stairs when he kicked me, to get me out of there, I mightn't have even known that. But that just happened to--one incident that stuck. I don't remember my father of ever putting (his) arm around me, or me putting my arm around him. I don't remember my mother doing those things. I remember, like, this skirt, you know, just once. But I don't remember the whole.... You see, those are the things, you see, that I have nothing. My life, and it's a.... (You do remember that when you'd come from school, that they would throw stones at you.) Oh, yes. (And call you a Jew.) Oh, yeah. (Was there ever anything there that ypu could remember that we would call to? day a pogrom?) Not where I was at that time. (So, Jews were not harassed--except for throwing stones....) But don't forget, we didn't mingle with them. With the goyim (the non-Jews). You know, you just had your own. You went to school, and then you went to your own people. (So it wasn't an DECORATING BAGS PIPING TUBES PASTE COLORS PANS AND MOLDS • CHOCOLATE AND MOLDS FOR CANDY MAKING • ' SPECIALTIES CAPE BRETON SHOPPING PLAZA 49 KELTIC DR., SYDNEY RIVER, N.S. B1S 1P4 - SERVING CAKE DECORATORS IN ATLANTIC CANADA • PHONE 562-0370 WIDE VARIETY OF WEDDING SUPPLIES Q' Sydney} ~ Kitchen & Bath ?? Vast range of styles and options ?? Kitchens & Vanities ?? Corian dealer ?? Extensive showroom NEW HOMES AND REMODELS CecAOC Come in and visit our showroom! AFTER HOURS 562-7268 562-0421 S3 JOHNSTONE ST., SYDNEY FAX# 562-2141 (off Pitt) by Master Meats 'Sydney t W vinyl / VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS integrated community.) No. Not like here.... (Do you have any idea how you came to de? cide- -how you learned about America?) Well, years ago, my mother's brother, Mr. Spinner, he ran away--he was in Russia at that time, that part--he ran away and he came to Canada. Then he brought his sister over--my mother's sister. Then my mother died. And after she died, my aunt brought my sister over. My sister was married to Nate David--used to be David's Market here years ago. And she died at childbirth My aunt brought my brother (Mendel) over. Then he brought me over--either my aunt or my brother--! never found out yet who paid for it. But they got me. So, they had a little store where the Vogue Theatre is now, used to be a little store there--Mrs. Cohen. And finally, she owned the store that (is) Ike's now.... (Your memories--they're like little bits of dreams, though, aren't they?) Yeah, it's like a dream, you see. But those are the things that I remember. And then another thing I remember years ago, when the houses were--like, a block here and a block there, and there's a big wide (place like) a carport, you know, closed in, the roof on it. And doors, just like a carport like I've got out there--you know, that idea. (Between the houses.) Yeah. So you kept your wood and everything against one side of the house. And I remem? ber we were being chased by the soldiers--! don't even know where they were--and they were gaining on me, they were getting at the door. And finally I couldn't run any REGINATO Sales & Service Marion Bridge CREDIT PLAN AVAILABLE • AliylllillflLessJilSiWon'lCllllt. Top-ot-Llne Quality Products SALES • SERVICE • REPAIRS rhe NORMAWAY IlMN'gfs SINCE 192&, The first choice for fine food and lodging on the Cabot Trail The Normaway is proud to be able to share a part of Cape Breton's culture. Enjoy traditional music, nightly films, a choice selection of Cape Breton books and records, traditional Cape Breton entertainment most spring and fall weekends. You don't have to be a guest of the Inn to eiyoy a Normaway evening. Dinner served from 6 to 9 p.m., June 15 to October 15. Reservations suggested. THE NORMAWAY INN 902-248-2987 or 1-800-565-9463 P.O. Box 142, Marsaree Vallev, Nova Scotia, Canada BOE 2C0
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