The Altered I: Jewish Cuisine

Food is an important factor in The Altered I, a Holocaust Memoir. Józef Kempler has all the food he could want when the story opens, but as a Holocaust survivor, food is sorely in want by its climax. Józef warns that if one is to survive, thinking about the past is forbidden. But with little to do during the prisoner roll call, Józef can’t help but fantasize about his favorite food.

Let’s take a look at some of the food you would expect to find in a pub in Krakow, Poland, during the late 1930s.


Chopped Herring Salad – Herring are plankton eating fish found in the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

Smoked Herring  – served with rye bread.

Herring in Cream – the fish is served in a cream sauce of sour cream, onions and vinegar.

Hard-boiled Eggs with mustard and horseradish.

Cottage Cheese with Paprika.

Rugelach – a Jewish pastry, made with a sour cream dough rolled around ingredients such as raisins, walnuts, cinnamon.

Galareta  – similar to aspic, a gelatin made from beef marrow. Considered a delicacy.

Pęcak – a think soup make with peeled barley.


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