A stroll in Southern Portland with Polina Olsen, writer of ‘Stories from Jewish Portland’

A stroll in Southern Portland with Polina Olsen, writer of ‘Stories from Jewish Portland’

Polina Olsen appears at a Lair Hill intersection and points towards the site where a Jewish mail-order bride from Ukraine once lived along with her husband, a Jewish farmer from Southern Dakota.

They lived perhaps not too much from the barn that housed the horses of the numerous junk that is jewish whom lived and plied their trade within the community. These recyclers that are early pile their wagons high with rags and containers and other things that they might find, then offer them to your junk dealers whom lined Front Avenue.

South Portland’s populace “was one-third Jewish, one-third Italian and one-third everyone else else,” states Olsen, that has written four books in regards to the history of the area. Her latest, “

Before 1900, Olsen explains, there have been few, if any, Jews in Southern Portland. Continue reading “A stroll in Southern Portland with Polina Olsen, writer of ‘Stories from Jewish Portland’”