In 1880, NYC was home to 80,000 Jews. By 1920, the number was 1.5 million, most crowded into tenements on Essex and Orchard, Rivington and Delancey. #LES
We were tired and poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Wretched refuse. We came. Many were allowed in. Many others were turned away, for any number of reasons, or, often, for no reason at all.
And make no mistake: even when we were permitted to enter, we were rarely welcomed.
Sometimes things here are better for us, sometimes not as good. Sometimes we feel safer than others. Never entirely safe, though. Because we are not.
The Jews who stayed in Podhajce did not fare as well.
So did we.