Beginning in 1882, many Russian and Eastern-European Jews who fled to the United States settled in the "West Side Flats" in St. Paul, Minnesota. The area once stretched from the banks of the Mississippi River to the cliffs of the West Side Hills, about 320 acres in all, but has since fallen victim to the vagaries of the mighty river and the progress of "urban renewal." The Lost Jewish Community of the West Side Flats: 1882-1962 takes the reader on a pictorial tour down memory lane. The families, houses, businesses, streets, and synagogues-all vanished now-are brought back to life through vintage photographs from the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the private collections of many former residents. This is a memoir of a historic neighborhood that can no longer be visited.
Author Bio: This is the second Arcadia title by author Gene H. Rosenblum. His first book was the acclaimed Jewish Pioneers of St. Paul: 1849-1874, published in 2001. Mr. Rosenblum is a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and has also written for Jewish Digest, American Jewish World, and Western States Jewish History Magazine.
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