The Lucky One
Sherry V. Ostroff, author
Ita was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. The place was the former Pale of Settlement which was a large swath of land in western Russia where Jews were forced to live for centuries. The year was 1918 and Russia was in the midst of two revolutions. The first occurred with the abdication of the last tsar of Russia culminating in his execution. The second was the bloody civil war that ensued for control of the country. Ita was caught in the middle during this time of great political and social upheaval. Wave after wave of murderous anti-Jewish riots, or pogroms, descended upon Jewish shtetls, and the only chance for her survival was to escape. Escape was not easy. In fact, it was deadly. In her own words, paired with the historical and cultural background information, Ita described her privileged life in Russia, the bloody pogroms, and her harrowing escape. Each roadblock Ita experienced, including a new country that did not want her, she faced with resolve and proved why she was the lucky one.