Started in 1690, this diary of a forty-four-year-old German Jewish widow, mom of fourteen kids, tells how she guided the monetary and private destinies of her teenagers, how she engaged in alternate, ran her personal manufacturing facility, and promoted the welfare of her huge kin. Her memoir, a unprecedented account of a normal girl, enlightens not only her young ones, for whom she wrote it, yet all posterity approximately her existence and group. Gluckel speaks to us with decision and humor from the 17th century. She tells of warfare, plague, pirates, squaddies, the hysteria of the fake messiah Sabbtai Zevi, homicide, financial ruin, marriage ceremony feasts, births, deaths, in truth, of all of the human occasions that took place her in the course of her lifetime. She writes in an issue of truth means of the scary and precarious scenario lower than which the Jews of northern Germany lived. Accepting this case as given, she boldly and fearlessly promotes her enterprise, her kin and her religion. This memoir is a record within the historical past of ladies and of existence within the 17th century.
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This business was enormously productive. He changed the name of the mill to Igualdad. The Ramírez de Arellano family came from the village of Arellano, near the city of Estela in Old Castile. In the 1970s I traveled to Castile to find the family home. It had the family crest, three rivers of silver on a field of blue, chiseled above the entrance to the garden as well as a tower made of stone in one of the corners of the house. Supposedly the tower was built for a sentry during the war against the Moors.
The documents and the order for Estéfano’s incarceration are stored in Ponce’s city hall. Estéfano Bártoli served seven years in prison. No one really knows the truth of what happened, and the secret remained with the family. Rosario Ferré 35 Estéfano died in 1904. He is buried in the cemetery of the town of Yauco, in the pantheon of don Domingo Mariani. Estéfano Bártoli had five children: Alfonsa, Estéfana, Josefa (my grandmother whom they called Pepé), María, Pompeyo, and a second son who died of epilepsy and whose name I do not remember.
It was a large house with two floors, but everyone lived on the second floor. When friends and relatives visited the house, they climbed up to the second floor and did not need to go back down until they were ready to leave. For thirty-five years the family spent Christmas Eve in Guanajibo. At that time we were a clan of sixty plus people. But Guanajibo had room enough so that family members could spend that night in the house. We celebrated the occasion with a grand banquet similar to the one described by Ingmar Bergman in Fanny and Alexander, a film that profoundly affected me.
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