Correspondence from Russia
to Bessie Rapoport Schechter
Being at long last,
of those bundled letters,
now torn and faded,
scribed with strange, forgotten strokes,
found after sixty years
in the top drawer of
my grandmother's dresser.
and all that time,
Compiled by her grandson,
Second & Final Edition,
This compilation is dedicated to
the great-great grandchildren,
the great-great nephews and nieces
of the writers of these letters,
Your history is before you.
"Do not forget us."
- Mikhail Rapoport
"Remember that you have brothers and sisters here."
"And everything bad we experience, the beatings and we bent
our backs, and we hide ourselves, and we hide our heads, but we are alive...We
will see the sun shine and one day the Haggadah will tell our story during
- from an unsigned letter, most probably written by Aaron Moishe Rapoport,
Grandma Bessie's father
Title Pages, Dedication, Frontispiece
Preface, Introduction, Poem
Letters: Early years
Letters: Middle years
Letters: Later years