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<span class="smallCaps">introduction</span>: Ansky Visits Ludmir

Nathaniel Deutsch

in The Maiden of Ludmir

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520231917
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231917.003.0001
introduction: Ansky Visits Ludmir

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This chapter elaborates Ansky's steps during the blood-soaked summer of 1915 in the town of Ludmir. Ansky succeeded in convincing the town's leaders to create a special fund, to which he contributed his one thousand rubles, to purchase emergency supplies. He also advised sending a deputation to Petersburg to plead for governmental protection. The chapter also explains Ludmir and Ansky's encounter with Moshe Sheynbaum in the town's pharmacy. It then addresses Yossele Dreyer, the head of Ludmir's burial society. Ansky's visit to Ludmir is fascinating in its own right. The significance of the Maiden of Ludmir as a historical and cultural figure lies not only in what she actually did but also in how people have transformed her story to reflect their own interests. The pages of this book are haunted by the ghosts of wonder-workers, storytellers, and, most of all, the unique woman known as the Maiden of Ludmir.

Keywords: Ansky; Maiden of Ludmir; Moshe Sheynbaum; pharmacy; Yossele Dreyer; Petersburg

Chapter.  4848 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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