Mary Antin

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I remember a time when I thought a pogrom had broken out in our street, and I wonder that I did not die of fear.

Mary Antin

There was one thing, however, the Gentiles always understood, and that was money. They would take any kind of bribe, at any time. They expected it.

Mary Antin

The czar always got his dues, no matter if it ruined a family.

Mary Antin

In the evening of the first day my father conducted us to the public baths.

Mary Antin

We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful.

Mary Antin

The czar was always sending us commands - you shall not do this and you shall not do that - till there was very little left that we might do, except pay tribute and die.

Mary Antin

His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly; and his pronunciation remains extremely foreign to this day.

Mary Antin

No, the czar did not want us in the schools.

Mary Antin

You heard on all sides that the brightest Jewish children were turned down if the examining officers did not like the turn of their noses.

Mary Antin

On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.

Mary Antin

The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.

Mary Antin

The Gentiles used to wonder at us because we cared so much about religious things about food and Sabbath and teaching the children Hebrew.

Mary Antin

But most of the Gentiles were ignorant.

Mary Antin

The first meal was an object lesson of much variety. My father produced several kinds of food, ready to eat, without any cooking, from little tin cans that had printing all over them.

Mary Antin

There was one public school for boys, and one for girls, but Jewish children were admitted in limited numbers - only ten to a hundred; and even the lucky ones had their troubles.

Mary Antin

One positive command he gave us: You shall love and honor your emperor. In every congregation a prayer must be said for the czar's health, or the chief of police would close the synagogue.

Mary Antin

First, you had to have a tutor at home, who prepared you and talked all the time about the examination you would have to pass, till you were scared.

Mary Antin