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A Club of Their OwnJewish Humorists and the Contemporary World$
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Eli Lederhendler and Gabriel N. Finder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190646127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190646127.001.0001

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Lee Shai Weissbach (ed. and trans.), A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. 470 pp.

Lee Shai Weissbach (ed. and trans.), A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. 470 pp.

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Lee Shai Weissbach (ed. and trans.), A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013. 470 pp.
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A Club of Their Own
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Gur Alroey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190646127.003.0029

This chapter reviews A Jewish Life on Three Continents: The Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden, edited and translated by Lee-Shai Weissbach. Menachem Mendel Frieden’s (1878–1963) memoir reflects the broad panorama of his life as a Jew who was born in Eastern Europe, migrated to the United States, made aliyah to Palestine, and then returned to America. Written for the sake of his descendants, this is the record of an East European Jew with a sense of historical awareness. Weissbach, who is also Frieden’s grandson, has done excellent work in his textual annotations and prefaces, informing readers not only about Frieden but about the periods in which he lived. Moreover, Weissbach approaches the text both with sensitivity and a necessary scholarly distance. Menachem Mendel Frieden has indeed been well-served by one of the descendants he had in mind when he set down his life story.

Keywords:   memoirs, Menachem Mendel Frieden, life story, Eastern European Jew

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