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With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes by [Trupp, Mirta]
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  • Language: English
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A very interesting read about a jewish girl exploring her roots in Argentina. I live in London but found it easy to relate to and was fun for everyone, wherever you're from!
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I found this book very interesting but the author did go on a bit at times.
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HASH(0x9c04e930) out of 5 stars Very enjoyable multi-cultural read 4 May 2014
By Lilo Huhle-Poelzl - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading several Holocaust memoirs, I wanted to know how “normal” Jews live, Jews whose ancestors had emigrated from Europe before Hitler had a chance to murder them in gas chambers, Jews who had not lost any immediate family in the Holocaust.

Mirta Trupp’s memoir was the right book for me to read. It taught me a lot. First of all, it made me realize that while there are “normal” Jews, there is, obviously and sadly, no normal life for Jews. It starts with Mirta’s ancestors migrating from Prussia to Lithuania to the Ukraine, without finding a place where they could permanently live in peace. It continues with Mirta’s great-grandparents, some time around 1909, fleeing from pogroms, trekking from the Ukraine through Western Europe to Hamburg in order to board a ship that — God-willing — would take them to the shores of Argentina where the Rothschild family, along with other prominent Jews, had arranged for Jews of Eastern Europe to settle in under-populated agricultural areas. Yet again, there was no long-lasting peace. Even though the Jews had done their best to become patriotic Argentinians, they soon met again with anti-Semitism, violence, and even cold-blooded murder.

It was in this situation that Mirta’s father decided to leave Argentina and immigrate to the United States, the land of freedom and unlimited possibilities. He left for Norte America when Mirta was eight months old and had his reluctant wife and baby daughter follow soon after. He worked hard and did well and was happy and content to live in America. However, Mirta’s mother was very family-oriented, and her parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, third cousins, and, and, and, and, and … lived in Argentina. Lucky for her, Mirta’s father got a job with Pan America Airlines, which enabled the Trupp family to fly almost for free. Mirta’s mother made utmost use of this possiblity, and Mirta was dragged back and forth between the U.S. and Argentina. And this is what this book is mainly about — growing up torn between 3 cultures.

Was Mirta American, or was she Argentinian, or was she — first and foremost — Jewish? She was trying to find out. For the Argentina family, she was American, but also Jewish. For the American Jews, she was Argentinian. For the American gentiles, she was Jewish, or maybe, just odd. Go figure. Isn’t coming of age hard enough without triple identity?

Luckily, Mirta had a positive outlook on life and found her way. It wasn't easy. And it should also be mentioned that even here in America, Mirta had some nasty encounters with anti-Semites.

What particularly impressed me about this memoir was the genuine love all these relatives had for one another. I have never experienced any such love amongst any kinship, and certainly not among my relatives. And while this love for extended family, as depicted in Mirta’s book, is the most heartfelt I have ever come across in any society, I found similar in Holocaust memoirs. I have found Jewish people to be very special. I think they are in average more intelligent, more good natured, and more loving than other nationalities and ethnic groups. Call me a fervent pro-Semite. :-)

Why do I rate this memoir only 4 stars? About two-thirds into the book, my head was swirling with more and more relatives and friends and social get togethers. For a while the book read a bit like a YA book. Other than that, I very much enjoyed the book. It is well written, and I also learned a lot about the Jewish and the Argentinian culture. I even learned some Spanish, which I plan to try out on our Mexican household help, who doesn’t speak a word of English.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs, likes coming-to-age stories, likes immigration stories, is interested in Jewish culture and Jewish family life, plans to travel to Argentina at some time or, sadly, doesn’t see the slightest chance to travel to Argentina at whatever time. And if you don’t fit into any of the aforementioned groups, read this book anyway. It is heart-warming.
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HASH(0x9c52ae10) out of 5 stars Telling it like it is 30 Aug. 2012
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This book is a pleasure to read. It flows, you keep turning pages, and the story has the ring of truth that a good memoir demands. It describes the cultural changes endured by immigrant families, making it the ultimate story of America. Pure enjoyment!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf2987c) out of 5 stars With Love, The Argentina Family is a must read! 12 Aug. 2012
By Gigi - Published on Amazon.com
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With Love, The Argentina Family: Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes

May I say, from the bottom of my heart, congratulations on writing this novel. I loved it! It brought so many memories; it showed the true way it was back in those days. My parents were so grateful to this country, especially in those days, when everything was practically perfect. I'm thankful that this book was written, because it has a lot of our Argentinian immigrant folklore. I think that everyone who lived through that time period and attended some of those famous "reuniones" should get a copy and have their children read it too! They should see what our parents went through in order to be here. I will get a few copies for my own "descendientes" who thank me for coming to this country. I thank my own father who had the vision to immigrate. This is a must read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c345978) out of 5 stars Everyone Has a Story to Tell 23 Aug. 2012
By Patricia Berman - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful story. This made me think of my childhood, and my family's immigration to this country. Although they weren't from Ar-hen-teena, their stories are similar. I could relate to feeling "different" growing up as my immigrant mother shared many of the values that the author's parents exemplified. The times were different, as well. I enjoyed the way the author described her inner growth, her spiritual journey, and her many travels back and forth that made her who she is today. You can never know all a person carries with them by just looking at them. Luckily you can get some insight into this author's background and memories in this delightful read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcacc84) out of 5 stars Very well written !!! 29 Mar. 2013
By Eduardo Lejbman - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. The style, narrative and dynamics are superb. It is very inviting, and the book is hard to put down. As a native argentinian I can say this is very genuine. it is very obvious this writer has the talent, knowledge and sensitiveness to take on other related subjects; understanding there is a big market hungry for the "memoire" genre, I personally think she would have many followers in other, more audacious stories. I sense her insights expand a lot further. This book clearly hints it, and I suspect we will see (read) a lot more of her bright mind and warm heart in the near future !!
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