The Family

The Family

Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

Book - 2013
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The author of the  The Children's Blizzard  delivers an epic work of twentieth century history through the riveting story of one extraordinary Jewish family

In tracing the roots of this family--his own family--Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers.  The Family  is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise.

The torrent of history took the scribe's family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670025473
Characteristics: xi, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm


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Martha C Benner
Oct 23, 2018

A great book; we need to study this family and what happened to them. I could not put it down once I started.

Jun 28, 2016

Really good book, the author traces 3 branches of his family tree. Sad to read about the branch that stayed in Europe though. Using letters, diaries, and the Nazi's own records, he details what happened as that whole branch was wiped out.

Jun 17, 2014

Fascinating and heartbreaking. The author's meticulously researched tale puts very human faces on famous events.

Apr 04, 2014

Pay attention. Lots to learn from an era we thought long ended.


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