Character Study – Theodore Roosevelt

Published October 31, 2015 by rochellewisoff

            “Kishinev?” His smile faded. “Then you are…Jewish?”

            “What if I am? This is a free country.”

            “It was a travesty—a dastardly travesty.” He shook his head.

            His blue eyes, moist and caring behind his spectacles, put her (Havah) at ease. She showed him the scar on her hand. Trying to recount her history in her new language proved a challenge but he seemed to understand for his gaze never wavered except to wipe away a stray tear.

            When she finished he pressed his handkerchief into her hand.

~~Taken from Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Published by Argus Publishing

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency

Theodore Roosevelt portrait

Original Artwork – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Although pogroms against the Jews in Eastern Europe’s Pale of Settlement were nothing new, the one that took place in Kishinev April 19-20, 1903 was the first to receive international recognition.  President Theodore Roosevelt  called it a “dreadful outrage upon the Jews.”

            Jews in the United States put together a massive petition protesting the slaughter. Jewish leaders convinced the President to present it to Czar Nicholas II.

            In an attempt to pressure the Czar for reform the petition was sent to the American chargé in St. Petersburg. He refused to accept.

            In Please Say Kaddish for Me and From Silt and Ashes Havah will experience the President’s compassion firsthand.

Check out my author page on the Loiacono Website.  For all of the character studies thus far, click on the link Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Art and Blogs or my website RochelleWordArt.

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15 comments on “Character Study – Theodore Roosevelt

      • Retirement is keeping me quite busy. A few opportunities looming on the horizon. I don’t have any of my decorating equipment left so no cakes. I’m loving the writing. In fact the third novel is underway, and of course there’s always Friday Fictioneers. Right? Of course right!


  • I am still in shock that I forgot he was in the book. So in shock, as a matter of fact, I am going back to read that section of the book.
    Beautiful artwork, as well, Rochelle!

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