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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Bagel Baker's Baby

Harry Lender—the man who "brought the bagel to America"—once added a special ingredient to his dough.

At one point, there were rumors that the marauding Poles were kidnapping Jewish children. Harry Lender, a young Jewish baker in Lublin, had an infant son and was terribly concerned. When the mob came to Harry’s bakery, Harry hid his son Hymie “in the bench where they mixed the dough. They put him in a wad of dough,” Hymie’s younger brother Sam recalled the family legend, “and when the Poles left, they took him out and he was ready to go in the oven.” [Link]

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