Two of the Jews sent down from the north were Jack and Eva Rubenstein, brother and sister. Jack had a tough, calculating mind, callous by an early childhood that taught distrust and survival at any cost.
Jacob Leon Rubenstein, born 1912, was reared by a “low” Jewish family on Chicago’s South Side. It was a tough area of poor families where it was not safe for “good people” to go. His mother was illiterate and his father an abusive drunk.
American Jews are divided into two classes. A “low” Jewish family’s ancestors came from the Balkan area of Europe, where Arab blood had mixed in. The “high” Jew had more Jewish blood mixed with western blood. The “highs” look down upon the “lows”, much the same as a Negro with white blood considered himself better than a full blooded Negro.
Story continued on Page 81 of Candy Barr, The Book.
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