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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Passover in Juarez

Passover in Juarez

This is the Jewish Passover Seder in 1922, in Juarez, Mexico. Among the celebrants are the parents of my late wife. What is especially interesting is that most of the people here were refugees from the Russian Revolution who wanted to reach America but were stuck still in Mexico - mostly in Chihuahua and living in caves!

We still have an old newspaper clipping in which my father-in-law says that living in a cave is difficult but preferable to the conditions they had to endure during the revolution in Russia!

Most of these people eventually were able to immigrate into the United States and became American citizens.

 
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