Max Shuman: Roman Food

Roman Food paragraph Max Shuman


My partner Gabby Scarpa and I chose to do our roman tour about food and how it was made. The average roman day (for the rich) consisted of 3 meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and lunch were mainly sources of fuel until the big dinner meal. Most dinner meals were spent laying down and eating food with their hands. The dinner meals composed of fish, meat or poultry, and sides like bread or salad. Most meals also consisted of three different parts, appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Desserts were often the most desirable parts of the meal, consisting of cakes, and different pastries. But, most dinners were used as ways of partying, so every meal was a fun time!!

Barrow, Mandy. “Roman Food.” Roman Food. N.p., n.d. Web. 22

Apr. 2015.

Balsdon, J.P.V.D. Life and Leisure in Ancient Rome. McGraw-Hill Book Company: New York, 1969.

Survivor letter M. Shuman

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223



Dear Ms. Ruth Gabriele Silten,

I hope you are doing very well. My name is Max Shuman, and I am a curator of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, located in Richmond, Virginia. Lately, our museum has been honored to receive rare photographs from the time period of the holocaust, after looking at all of these photos I have made very interesting inquires. I read about your unbelievable story online (Link to story­) and I was absolutely inspired. The story of how you reunited with your whole family was incredible. There is one photograph from the new collection of photos that reminded me a lot of your story. I would love to use your help to gather a lot more information on this photo.


In your story, you were always being transitioned from place to place, but you were with your family most of the time. But, there were times that you were not with your parents and I’m sure that was incredibly difficult as just a little girl. Even though you were not separated all of the time, in this particular photograph, it is Jewish mothers with their children. Without your family, would you have been able to make it through this horrible event? Did you and your family ever have disagreements or arguments? While you were in Westerbork and Theresienstadt were you always with them, or were you separated? I would love to get to know the answers of these questions.


Would the Virginia Holocaust Museum and I be able to use your story in our newest exhibit and try to explain deeper aspects of the holocaust? If so, would you be able to answer the questions stated above, so that I could get a deeper understanding and a better connection to the photograph? As well as, why did your family return to Amsterdam and not immigrate to the United States? If you could answer these few questions it would allow me to share your story with people all across Virginia, and the world.


I cannot thank you enough for this amazing opportunity to read all about your story, and be inspired by all of the things that you had to go through to be alive today. I hope to make people understand just how terrible the holocaust was so that it will never happen again.


Max Shuman
Link to photo