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His story/her story: From Europe to the Ivy League

Kathryn Hellerstein is planning to write about her family, an unusual array of German and Czech Jews who came to the Midwest in the middle of the 19th century.

American Hassidic Jews at a funeral [illustrative]
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Kathryn Hellerstein is planning to write about her family, an unusual array of German and Czech Jews who came to the Midwest in the middle of the 19th century. Until she finds the time to do so, we can listen to her comments when I interviewed her: How far back can you trace your ancestors? In 1840, Samuel Loeb Colman and Ella Strauss left Bavaria because of a law that allowed only one son to marry, in this case, Samuel’s brother; this couple emigrated because they wanted to be married. They traveled for months that winter, arriving in Baltimore and eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio, near some landsmen.



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