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The Accidental Anarchist Books From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck

: Bryna Kranzler : Biography : February 2015


This story is so wild you’ll think it’s fiction, but it’s based on the diaries of a Jew living in Russia in the early years of the 20th century.

While just about everyone seems to think they are the victims of injustice these days, the people who have truly suffered, just about everywhere and at all times, are the Jews. And to read about this man’s experience will remind you that, really, you don’t have problems.

But he writes with a sense of humor, not a sense of suffering. Not only is the story amazing, but so is the way this book was created, starting with Maratech’s diaries, and continuing with his family over the next two generations. Not only was his survival an amazing feat, but the publication of this book was an amazing feat. Make sure you read the epilogue.

SummaryThe Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia — and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author’s grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . .

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