APPENDIX 1. AN ARIEL DORFMAN
Ariel Dorfman’s maternal great grandfather is murdered in a pogrom in
Kishinev (today the capital of the Republic of Moldova). This death eventually
leads to his grandmother’s family’s decision to emigrate. They choose Argentina
as a consequence of Baron Maurice de Hirsch’s Jewish Colonization Association,
which helped many East European Jews emigrate to Argentina and Brazil.
Adolfo Dorfman is born in Odessa (now in Ukraine).
Fanny Zelicovich Vaisman (Ariel’s mother) is born in Kishinev.
Three-month-old Fanny departs with her parents for Argentina, fleeing
Adolfo and his mother leave Odessa for Argentina.
Dorfman’s paternal grandmother, Raissa, and his father, Adolfo, return to
Russia and are caught in the eruption of the First World War and the Russian