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By Maria Balinska

ISBN-10: 0300112297

ISBN-13: 9780300112290

If smoked salmon and cream cheese deliver just one factor to brain, you could count number your self one of the world’s hundreds of thousands of bagel professionals. yet few individuals are conscious of the bagel’s provenance, not to mention its adventuresome background. This fascinating booklet tells the striking tale of the bagel’s trip from the tables of seventeenth-century Poland to the freezers of heart the United States this present day, a narrative of usually awesome connections among an inexpensive market-day snack and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American history.

Research in overseas information and various own interviews discover the bagel’s hyperlinks with the defeat of the Turks by way of Polish King Jan Sobieski in 1683, the Yiddish cultural revival of the past due 19th century, and Jewish migration around the Atlantic to the US. There the tale strikes from the bakeries of recent York’s reduce East aspect to the Bagel Bakers’ neighborhood 388 Union of the Sixties, and the attentions of the mob. For all its modest dimension, the bagel has controlled to bridge cultural gaps, rescue kings from obscurity, cost the sentiments, and problem acquired knowledge. Maria Balinska weaves jointly a wealthy, quirky, and evocative heritage of East eu Jewry and the unassuming ring-shaped roll the area has taken to its heart.

"Balinska bargains a type of historical past of and love-letter to Jewish tradition via a chain of bread-based snapshots." --Steven Poole, father or mother, seventeenth January 2009

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As strategically important towns and noble estates fell to the Ottoman troops, Commander Sobieski prepared for war. Lulled into complacency by the poor Polish defence of years past, the Turks were taken by surprise by the blow that Jan Sobieski dealt them one bitterly cold day in November 1673. The Ottoman troops were annihilated: of the 30,000 Turkish soldiers who woke up in the fortress town of Chocim on 10 November only 4,000 survived to see the morning of the 11th. Such was Sobieski’s tactical brilliance that it would be feˆted two hundred years later by no less a military expert than Carl von Clausewitz.

19 CHAPTER 2 OF BAGELS AND KINGS According to legend, the bagel was produced as a tribute to Jan Sobieski, King of Poland, who had just saved Austria from an onslaught by Turkish invaders. In gratitude, a local baker shaped yeast dough into the shape of a stirrup to honor him and called it a ‘beugel’ (Austrian for stirrup). The roll was a hit and it’s [sic] shape soon evolved into the one we know today and it’s [sic] name converted to ‘Bagel’. ‘History of Bagels’ handout, Boston area supermarket Building 19 It would not be surprising if, on his death bed, Jan Sobieski, King of Poland, had hoped that he would be remembered by posterity for his magnificent defeat of the Turks in Vienna in 1683.

But not for much longer. In 1648 embittered Cossack noblemen led by Bohdan Khmielnytsky launched an uprising of murderously resentful peasants against the Polish landlords in the southeast of the OF BAGELS AND KINGS 29 country. As the landlords’ agents, or the people with whom the peasants had the most regular contact, Jews were especial targets of the marauding gangs. The massacres were widespread and the violence savage: tens of thousands of Jews were killed. This marked the beginning of a period so disastrous that it came to be referred to as ‘the Deluge’.

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