This is an extremely entertaining, readable translation of Gluckel s diaries It is full of general descriptions of her relatives businesses, and detailed information about the workings of her own family s jewelry trading business Anyone who is interested in early modern European economic history or Ashkenazic Jewish history or genealogy should own this book. This book possesses a cheerfully wistful charm Picture a busy Jewish female version of Pepys, who instead of sailing to court every day, conducts a precious gem business on a continental scale and manages an enormous family well enough to produce twelve surviving children It s a story about Germany and surrounding countries with an obvious focus on the institutionalized persecution and exploitation of Jews Gluckel neatly dodges the plague and marries off a number of children well, but she and her husband come in for their share of bad luck, bad health and even worse business partners before the tale has been well told The translation is airy and engaging with some very neat anecdotes All in all, a colorful glimpse into late 17th early 18th century European life of a well educated, clear thinking woman.
What a treasure to have these memoirs from a remarkable Jewish woman who lived from 1646 1724 in Germany This edition has a wonderful introduction providing historical context for Gluckel s life and times, and Gluckel herself writes with flair, showing both a sharp eye for human nature and the details around her, but also is able to quote frequently from Jewish sources including the Psalms, the Prophets, and , underscoring her education. Married at 14 and eventually giving birth to 14 children several died , Gluckel explains her purpose in writing her life story which she began to do at 44 as a way to deal with her grief over the death of her beloved husband, Chayim Hameln She was a woman of means, and together with her husband she built a very lucrative business buying and selling semi precious stones, including seed pearls She was an astute woman of busin I loved this book Perhaps I should say that I like old memoirs and journals, particularly by women and there are so few of them and that I also enjoy reading historical documents and about history of certain places and certain centuries That may be one of the biases of these lines I might also add I am not Jewish What is fascinating and intriguing is how this person,living 400 years ago, comes out alive and well, in this text That we understand her and her motives, her sense of humor We commune with her preocupations which give or take small differences are preoccupations we have today the raising of offspring providing what you can to insure your child s future better than your own guidance through religious beliefs and wisdom against false THERE IS NO OTHER CONTEMPORANEOUS OR BETTER DESCRIPTION OF BEING JEWISH IN MEDIEVAL GERMANY. ä The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln Ö My ancestress Glueckel, much beloved by social historians as a very rare primary source about the life of German Jews in the seventeenth century, was a semi literate, pious, loving and incredibly feisty lady Her autobiographical story is both exhilarating and melancholy after a lifetime of successful struggles to earn a good livelihood for her family after her husband s early death, she ended her life as a perhaps not overly welcome guest in the home of one of her sons in law She writes her book at night when she cannot sleep, for her children s instruction and for my own consolation Her tale is fascinating even though her main interests, dowries, trade and moral tales, are not ours Her business took her all over Germany roads were insecure, t In , This Diary Of A Forty Four Year Old German Jewish Widow, Mother Of Fourteen Children, Tells How She Guided The Financial And Personal Destinies Of Her Children, How She Engaged In Trade, Ran Her Own Factory, And Promoted The Welfare Of Her Large Family Her Memoir, A Rare Account Of An Ordinary Woman, Enlightens Not Just Her Children, For Whom She Wrote It, But All Posterity About Her Life And Community Gluckel Speaks To Us Â The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln ☆ Download by ¿ Gluckel With Determination And Humor From The Seventeenth Century She Tells Of War, Plague, Pirates, Soldiers, The Hysteria Of The False Messiah Sabbtai Zevi, Murder, Bankruptcy, Wedding Feasts, Births, Deaths, In Fact, Of All The Human Events That Befell Her During Her Lifetime She Writes In A Matter Of Fact Way Of The Frightening And Precarious Situation Under Which The Jews Of Northern Germany Lived Accepting This Situation As Given, She Boldly And Fearlessly Promotes Her Business, Her Family And Her Faith This Memoir Is A Document In The History Of Women And Of Life In The Seventeenth Century
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