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Jewish in Imperial Russia

Pearl Unikow grew up in a segregated Jewish community before WW1. Her stories, recorded in Yiddish, in the 1970s provide a rare account of traditional Jewish life.

Pearl Unikow was a young woman who grew up in a segregated Jewish community in Russia before WW1. Her stories, recorded in Yiddish in the 1970s, provide a rare account of traditional Jewish life. Her granddaughter Lisa Cooper wrote a book based on those recordings. Dina Newman has been listening to the tapes and spoke to Lisa Cooper. Photo: Pearl Unikow (in the middle of the back row) with her cousins, circa 1920. Credit: family archive.

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