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December 21, 1979 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-12-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Old, New Worlds Recorded in 'A Blend of the Two'

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Ben M. Roe's memoir, "A
Blend of the Two," compiled
and edited by James M.
Rock and published by the
Friends of the University of
Utah Library, is composed
of two parts. Part one con-
sists of the memorialist's
reminiscences of his native
town; part two describes his
life in America. The title "A
Blend of the Two" mirrors
the author's experiences
both in the old country and
in the United States.
Born on June 7, 1898 in
Seirijai near Suwalki, Roe
was one of six children. His
father, Meir Mordechai

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Rogalski was a teacher
(melamed) and his mother,
Ethel, a homemaker.
The town's Jewish com-
munity, to maintain the es-
sential services, levied on
all local Jews a "yeast tax."
Unauthorized yeast was
considered non-kosher, and
the products baked with it
were declared "treif."
Another major
cooperative communal
effort was the baking of
Passover matzot. Weeks
before the holiday began,
Roe relates, workshops
"would be set up, consist-
ing of long tables set on
wooden saw horses. At
the head of the table one
woman would pour the
flour into the receptacle;
another woman would
pour salt-free dough; an-
other would cut it into
small pieces and pass it
along to women on both
sides of the table stand-
ing by with rolling pins.
After they flattened out
the dough, a man would
mark it off into portions
and pass it along to the
baker who would put it
into the hot oven to be
baked."
In 1913, at age 15, Roe
immigrated to the U.S.
where his brother Harry
and sisters Rachel, Jennie
and Rita had preceded him.
He came via Ellis Island.
However, he confuses it
with Castle Garden. They
were not the same. They
functioned at different
times, and were located in
different places. Castle
Garden was at the Battery
at the southern tip of Man-
hattan Island andserved as
an immigration arrival cen-
ter from 1855 until 1892.
That year Ellis Island, lo-
cated in Upper New York
Bay, replaced it and contin-
ued as an immigration sta-
tion until 1943.
Roe's first well-paying job
in America was in a mining
camp in Nevada where he
managed a store. For the
first time he witnessed a
Fourth of July celebration
that began with a daybreak
salute of "cannon" (sticks of
dynamite from the mines)
and ended with a free bar-
becue in the evening.
In 1917, 'following the
U.S. entry into World War
I, the memorialist volun-
teered for the armed
forces and was sent for
basic training to Camp
Lewis, Wash. He was
shipped to France where
he fought in the battles of
Saint Mihiel and the Ar-

gonne Forest. Like many
others, he was seriously
wounded in his right
shoulder, neck and
cheek.
After the war was over,
Roe settled in Salt Lake
City and became a suc-
cessful businessman, com-

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LONDON — The Israeli
government is preparing a
detailed reply to allegations
of maltreatment of de-
tainees from the adminis-
tered territories. The alle-
gations are in a report pre-
pared by Amnesty Interna-
tional.
The organization has
called for an independent
commission to investigate
the charges, but is awaiting
Israel's reply before making
the report public, according
to the London Jewish
Chronicle.

munity leader, and suppor-
ter of Utah's various uni-
versities. As a history-
minded person, he helped
finance the publication of
"The History of the Jews of
Utah and Idaho."
"A Blend of the Two" is a
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