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Translated by Marvin Lowenthal and with an Introduction by Robert Rosen. Begun in 1690, this diary of a forty-four-year-old German Jewish widow, mother of fourteen, tells how she guided the financial and personal destinies of her children, how she engaged in trade, ran her own factory and promoted the welfare of her large family. Her memoir enlightens not just her children, for whom she wrote it, but all posterity about her life and community.
"When Gluckel of Hameln sat down to write her Memoirs in the year 5451 (1690-1691), she could not possibly have foreseen that they would comprise one of the most remarkable documents of the second half of the seventeenth and first quarter of the eighteenth century and would, in time, become an invaluable source for historians, philologists, sociologists, and students of the literature for that period."--from the Introduction