By Robert Levy
Ana Pauker, while she is remembered in any respect, is considered the puppet of Soviet communism in Romania, blindly implementing the main brutal and repressive Stalinist regime. Robert Levy's new biography adjustments the image dramatically, revealing a lady of outstanding energy, ruled by means of clash and contradiction way over by means of dogmatism. Telling the tale of Pauker's adolescence in an more and more anti-Semitic surroundings, her dedication to a innovative profession, and her upward push within the Romanian Communist flow, Levy makes no try and whitewash Pauker's lifestyles and activities, yet particularly explores each contour of the advanced personality he chanced on expressed in lots of newly available archival records.
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At that time very many men and women comrades were beaten horribly . . ” 42 Coming on the heels of Ana’s arduous existence in Geneva and the trauma of her brother’s suicide, the ordeal of imprisonment only compounded the personal hardships Ana and Marcel Pauker endured after returning to Romania. In December 1921 Ana gave birth to their ﬁrst child, a baby girl they named Tanio. The following spring Marcel was ﬁred from his newly acquired engineering post because of his Communist activities, immediately throwing them into a ﬁnancial tailspin.
An imported merchant class ﬁlled the role, settling in Romania under the protection of foreign emissaries. 26 The foreign traders in Romania were overwhelmingly Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, and Serbs during the ﬁrst half of the nineteenth century. 28 Barred from owning land (since 1830) and from entering nearly all professions (until 1919), the Jews were forced to engage in trading, moneylending, and particularly artisan work. 7 percent of the population in the Moldavian capital of Ias¸i by the end of the century).
In all cases, the education of Jewish girls was as a rule strictly utilitarian, a practical tool for the secular business world. This was true even of the wealthy girls with private tutors and of those attending hederim, where sewing was standard on the girls’ curriculum. 16 At ﬁrst glance it would seem that, despite signiﬁcant variations, Ana Rabinsohn’s experience roughly conformed with this scenario. That her grandfather ignored traditional precepts and tutored Ana as a young child and that she may have gone to a boys’ heder brieﬂy was unexceptional.
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