Anna Olswanger never knew her great-grandparents Elias and Dora Olschwanger, not even their names, until 1982. That was the year she made the first of several trips to St. Louis to research her family tree.
With the help of relatives she had never met and St. Louis historians, she located a number of newspaper articles that mentioned her great-grandfather “Reb Elias Olschwanger.”*
These articles became the basis for her book in which she shares a copy of each article on the last pages of this very fun and very colorful read.
Shlemiel, by the way, is a Yiddish term for an idiotic person who is rather lacking in the brains department.
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* Anna Olswanger, Shlemiel Crooks postscript