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Bel Kaufman est la petite fille de l'écrivain Cholem Aleichem.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bel Kaufman." (Viewed on August 27, 2016)

BEL KAUFMAN (Writer): One curse Sholem Aleichem made up was the indirect curse: “May he lie down in the cemetery and have you for a neighbor.” He wrote as if he was talking to you. His monologues—even in his novels he’s just chatting with you very informally, and he wrote about the human condition everywhere, and his humor was a sort of thumbing the nose at adversity, losing everything but winning the argument.

ROLLIN: And he was gifted as a grandfather. Bel Kaufman still treasures this letter he wrote to her in 1915, a year before he died.

Bel Kaufman at age 102, image credit: Angel Chevrestt

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ROLLIN: And he was gifted as a grandfather. Bel Kaufman still treasures this letter he wrote to her in 1915, a year before he died.

The political situation was worsening and bourgeois hatred grew so much that some members of her family were arrested under false pretenses. Since Shalom Aleichem’s stories continued to be published during this time, Bel’s mother decided to take advantage of this connection to leave the country. The Minister of Culture allowed them to leave the country to visit America, a visit from which the family never returned. In 1968, Bel Kaufman came to visit Odessa, 45 years after she left. She was invited by the Union of Soviet Writers, but reported that the visit was not very good. “I came home like a stranger,” she wrote.