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As One Must, One Can
Havah Gitterman, her husband Arel, their children, and surviving family and friends have settled into their lives in America, the turmoil and persecution of Eastern Europe behind them. Or is it? Although physically safe in their adopted country, the ghosts of the dead and the horrors of the past still haunt them.
While everything is up to date in 1908 Kansas City, bigotry and religious discrimination abound. Havah faces each challenge, emotional or physical, with courage, determination and her father’s voice ever reminding her, “As one must, one can.”
From Silt and Ashes
You killed Jesus - We will kill you!
Sequel to Please Say Kaddish For Me


Death and destruction was the lot of the Jewish people in 19th and 20th century Russia
Russian peasants and other miscreants professing to be Christians attack the Jewish population with immunity and the blessing of the Russian Czar. Only by fleeing the country could a Jew be safe. Leaving loved ones and friends behind, Havah and a few relatives and friends escape the marauding horde in Russia, seeking safety in the United States of America. But even in America - the land of the free - there is bias, discrimination, hatred and mayhem.

Although things were worse in America than they had believed, it was like heaven compared to Russia, and Havah did have one American friend in her corner: President Theodore Roosevelt. Her faith and determination enabled her to persevere and lead her people through trials and tribulations that at times seemed almost too much to bear, but she was buttressed by her father's words: "As one must, one can."
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As One Must, One Can

Havah Gitterman, her husband Arel, their children, and surviving family and friends have settled into their lives in America, the turmoil and persecution of Eastern Europe behind them. Or is it? Although physically safe in their adopted country, the ghosts of the dead and the horrors of the past still haunt them. While everything is up to date in 1908 Kansas City, bigotry and religious discrimination abound. Havah faces each challenge, emotional or physical, with courage, determination and her father’s voice ever reminding her, “As one must, one can.”