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My father subscribed to a newspaper: "Der Shtern," a Yiddish newspaper.
And all of Teplyk would come to him to hear about what's going on in the world.
He would read the newspaper to them. He couldn't write [in Yiddish].
He could read and count money.
My father would read it to them, to the people.
He taught himself [to read]. No one taught him.
In heder he was taught to read the Torah, but he didn't know how to read a newspaper.
So taught himself to read.
The Jews would look at him expectantly: "Arke, read more! Read more!
What's going on in the world?"
Right. They looked at my father, so he would read to them.
There was no radio. Nobody had seen a television and people didn't read books.