A Jewish Refugee in New York

Rivke Zilberg's Journal

by Kadya Molodovsky

Translated by Anita Norich

Published by: Indiana University Press

202 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 4 B&W

  • Paperback
  • 9780253040763
  • Published: April 2019


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253040756
  • Published: April 2019


  • eBook
  • 9780253040770
  • Published: April 2019


Rivke Zilberg, a 20-year-old Jewish woman, arrives in New York shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland, her home country. Struggling to learn a new language and cope with a different way of life in the United States, Rivke finds herself keeping a journal about the challenges and opportunities of this new land. In her attempt to find a new life as a Jewish immigrant in the US, Rivke shares the stories of losing her mother to a bombing in Lublin, jilting a fiancé who has made his way to Palestine, and a flirtatious relationship with an American "allrightnik."

In this fictionalized journal originally published in Yiddish, author Kadya Molodovsy provides keen insight into the day-to-day activities of the large immigrant Jewish community of New York. By depicting one woman's struggles as a Jewish refugee in the US during WWII, Molodovsky points readers to the social, political, and cultural tensions of that time and place.