She is a young girl who is Russian and Jewish, a fact which has been hard for her family and which has subjected them to much persecution.
She is a Russian girl who is intelligent, generous and witty but who has a curved spine and so is considered less marriageable than her sister.
She is an unsentimental woman with five children who does her best for her family, and works to raise her children in the way that she thinks is best.
He is a Russian Jew who decides to move his family to America for a better life.
He is older than his sister but they get along well and in the United States, he takes a job at a bakery.
He is very impressed by Rifka when he sees her in the Ellis Island...
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