Re: [Cz-L] Converted_Jews

From: Miriam Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:08:35 -0400
To: Shelley <>
Reply-To: Miriam Taylor <>

It seems to me from what Shelley wrote about Mila Kunis,
that Mila Kunis is one of those people who believe
that the whole world is against them and that they have suffered
more than anyone else.
In Romanian I would have said: "Saraca, saraca" (poor unfortunate).
The average Jewish Czernowitzer of my generation,
spoke German as his or her first language.
Could not go to school from 1941 till 1944.
Then had the choice to go to a Ukrainian or Yiddish school.
Then in 1945 or 1946, left Czernowitz and went to Romania,
where he or she had to learn Romanian.
Then left Romania for Israel, or the US or south America
and had to learn another language.

On Oct 21, 2014, at 11:56 AM, Shelley wrote:

> Hardy, that's an oversimplification.
> "Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).[5]
> Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher who runs a pharmacy, and her
> father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer who works as a cab
> driver.[6] Kunis has an elder brother named Michael (born c.
> 1976).[7][8] She stated in 2011 that her parents had "amazing jobs",
> and that the family was "very lucky" and "not poor"; they had decided
> to leave the USSR because they saw "no future" there for Kunis and her
> brother.[5] In 1991, when she was seven years old, her family moved to
> Los Angeles, California with $250. "That was all we were allowed to
> take with us. My parents had given up good jobs and degrees, which
> were not transferable. We arrived in New York on a Wednesday and by
> Friday morning my brother and I were at school in LA."[5]
> Kunis comes from a Jewish family and has cited antisemitism in the
> former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for her family's move to
> the United States.[9][10][11] She has stated that her parents "raised
> [her] Jewish as much as they could," although religion was suppressed
> in the Soviet Union.[9] On her second day in Los Angeles, Kunis was
> enrolled at Rosewood Elementary School, not knowing a word of English.
> She later recalled: "I blocked out second grade completely. I have no
> recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it.
> It was because I cried every day. I didn't understand the culture. I
> didn't understand the people. I didn't understand the language. My
> first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, 'Imagine
> being blind and deaf at age seven.' And that's kind of what it felt
> like moving to the States."[12] "At age nine, Kunis was enrolled by
> her father in acting classes after school at the Beverly Hills
> Studios"
> I think there's a lot more to her story....
> Shelley

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