Janice Erlbaum(Richard Kern)

When memoirist Janice Erlbaum mentioned to an elderly neighbor that she’d been teaching a writing workshop for girls who are trying to get out of the sex trade, the neighbor surprised her with a reference to “Di Grine Kusine,” a Yiddish song from the 1920s. Erlbaum shares this story.

Janice Erlbaum is the author Girl Bomb and Have You Found Her. For more of her stories on our site, click here, here, here and here.