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Simnas
LITHUANIA


 

TAUBE MANKUNSKY
Simnas
1898

 

Taube was famous in her family for having cooked for the Russian Army. One day, in Simnas, a Russian army sergeant came knocking on the doors of the Jewish women in Simnas. He explained, in Yiddish, that a detachment of troops was on maneuvers nearby and a Jewish woman was needed to cook kosher food for the Jewish soldiers. Great grandma sprang into action and while the soldiers were there she provided strictly kosher food for them. This story was passed from generation to generation, from Taube to her granddaughter to her great granddaughter.  The inference from this story is that is is possible that attempts  were made to make accommodation for the needs of Jewish soldiers, and also that Yiddish was one of the languages spoken by what we would now call 'human resources' officer personnel in the Russian army.




 


 

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