Hilda Meltzer was born in 1916 into the Balinky family, Russian Jews who emigrated to America early in the twentieth century. This memoir of her early life covers the first half of the twentieth century and touches on many of the vital social issues of those times, bringing moments in history to life with warmth and humor. She writes about the old country, about being the youngest daughter of a large family in the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhood of South Philadelphia. She tells funny stories about her years working as a fashion model in New York City during the Depression, and of her life as a bride and new mother during World War ll. Through her stories she offers observations about family life, human nature, racial relationships, economic class, and the changing role of women. Her editor describes her as a “wise, witty, life-loving woman who rejoiced in her immigrant roots and never lost her passion for social justice.”
Hilda Meltzer continued writing until her death in 2008, at age 92.
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