Kiev, 1876

After being unable, on technical grounds, to take up his place at the Jewish Teachers Institute, a penniless and dejected Sholem moved to Kiev and struggled to make ends meet as a private tutor. He recalled “one angry landlady after another, merciless cockroaches, biting bed bugs, rats and other disgusting creatures.”

Kiev. Late 19th Century. From http://all-pages.com/city_photo/11/9/49/222/8.html (accessed January 27th, 2016).