No, the czar did not want us in the schools.
The czar always got his dues, no matter if it ruined a family.
In the evening of the first day my father conducted us to the public baths.
You went up to be examined with the other Jewish children, your heart heavy about that matter of your nose.
Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.
The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.
On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.
You heard on all sides that the brightest Jewish children were turned down if the examining officers did not like the turn of their noses.
If education, culture, the higher life were shining things to be worshiped from afar, he had still a means left whereby he could draw one step nearer to them.
The czar was always sending us commands - you shall not do this and you shall not do that - till there was very little left that we might do, except pay tribute and die.