Ephraim Jacobowitz, who loves his boss’s daughter, Miriam, has a small role in Blue Thread. We get a hint of his life before 1912, when he tries to persuade Miriam that he wants to help her print her postcards.
“I think you are printing cards for the suffrage campaignand, yes, women should vote. I do not discuss this with your father; I need my job because of my sister.” He stood taller. “This does not matter to you, I know, but Bella is one of her three children. Their father was killed in the 1906 pogrom in Bialystok. So many Jews die for no reason. You know of this?”
I lied with a nod of my head.
Miriam had never heard of Bialystok (a city then in the Russian Empire and now a part of Poland) or of the attacks against the Jewish community living there in 1906. Here’s a bit of background she could have known in 1912:
The majority of the population of Bialystok in 1906 was Jewish. […]Continue reading