My Little Life

by Benjamin Vinar



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/22/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781480807419
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781480807402
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 430
ISBN : 9781480807396

About the Book

Not every immigrant who came to America went from rags to riches. Benjamin Vinar’s parents grew up in comfortable circumstances in a town called Ostrog in the Ukraine, but their circumstances quickly changed with the bloody arrival of World War I and the Russian Revolution. They barely made it out alive, escaping to the United States, where they settled in Rock Island, Illinois.

Benjamin’s parents often reminisced at the dinner table about the Ostrog of their youth, a largely Jewish community of roughly eight thousand souls. Meanwhile, their life in the American Midwest was a constant struggle. As a child Benjamin saw his father use all his strength to move iron stoves and massive oak furniture about his secondhand store to eke out a living. As Benjamin grew up, his peers deserted earlier ways, and the once-vibrant Jewish community declined as his generation deserted their grandfathers’ ways en masse. It was already fading out of existence by the time he went to law school.

In My Little Life, he breathes life back into what’s been lost, celebrating his Jewish heritage and sharing an important historical account, while intricately exploring the mindset that his upbringing produced in him.

About the Author

Benjamin Vinar grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. The child of Jewish immigrants from the shtetl of Ostrog in post–World War I Poland, he became a lawyer in New York City. His love of history, language, poetry and family are reflected in this record of his life.