Migrations In The Son From America

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The main rationale of Hitler and the Nazi soldiers during World War II is one that almost everybody in the world knows about. The Germans were fighting an ideological war, based upon the superiority of the Aryan race. The numbers of Jews that were displaced or killed during this invasion was at an extremely high rate, and there is evidence of these migrations all across the European continent. Although the Russian Jews were moved from their home villages, most were able to keep what traditions and customs they had in their new communities for the longest time they could. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Nazis altered the course of life for the many Jews in the country, as there is evidence of this in the story Son From America. The …show more content…
In The Son From America, the reader learns that the family involved has had to migrate from their original home; “Old Berl was one of the Jews who had been driven from their villages in Russia and had settled in Poland” (Singer 160). The family was ultimately driven away from their land due to the German invasion, and moved to escape the tyranny that could have affected them. Old Berl and Berlcha may have migrated with their old village to a new spot in Poland, or simply moved on their own and left their ties behind from the village in Russia. Many of the smaller Jewish communities that had ended up moving away from the war in Russia had settled in areas with those of the same beliefs and ethnicity, which is why people can now find Jewish communities throughout the European continent. Throughout the events of the story, it has become clear that even though the family has been through a drastic change, they have still been able to keep and accommodate to their views, like many Jews that had tried to do. This can be seen in the story on multiple occasions, but the most obvious is the fact that the parents don’t use their son’s money that he sends them, but they keep it hidden and use the resources that they have always had to live their lives. In the story, the narrator states: “But they never seemed to use the money. What for? The garden, the cow, and the goat provided most of their needs. Besides, Berlcha sold chickens and eggs, and from these there was enough to buy flour for bread (Singer 160, 161). Throughout the reading, the reader can make connections between the history of Operation Barbarossa and the story in many

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