Music: Blessed Event

There was very little security 27 years ago for a middle-class Jewish family named Burschstein who lived in Bielostok, Russia (now Poland). Harried by fear of Tsarism and pogroms, they had a son who belonged to a Socialist fraternity. Their eleven-year-old daughter Rosa was already being watched suspiciously by government officials, for she carried messages between her brother and his friends. Then one day came the dreaded cry: Pogrom! Rosa, with only the clothes she wore and a small satchel, was hurriedly packed off to Italy in the company of a cousin....

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