Running from anti-Semitism in search of freedom

By Bree Samani A wave of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews flooded Russia in the late 1800s and led to the murders of my ancestors, Reuben and Mira Kuklin. Reuben was an Orthodox rabbi and left behind his four daughters, who fled to safety in present-day Baku, Azerbaijan. One of those daughters, Liuba Kuklin, who would become my great-grandmother, met Salman Samani in a Russian-Jewish synagogue year laters. Salman fell in love with Liuba and asked her to marry him. The two eventually married and stayed in Baku for a few years before they had to leave because of...

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