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The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
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 ✡ Shira Hoffman (jewishbookclub) | 86 comments Mod
Shalom All!

December's book is 'The Family - Three Journeys Into The Heart Of The Twentieth Century'. Enjoy!


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H Gibson (hlgibson) | 15 comments David Laskin's book made for an interesting read. The establishment of the family tree was a bit slow going. As the book progressed, I noticed that he spent quite a bit of time on the richest branch of his family tree and the branch that was destroyed by the Holocaust. While I would have liked to have him focus more on his own line, I understand why he told the story of those lost during the Holocaust: the story must be told and remembered. As for the rich branch of the family tree, who wouldn't want a bit of brag time on that. Having an aunt responsible for a million dollar company is a star in anyone's crown, and yet all the story did for me was underscore the fact that the rich relatives didn't do anywhere near enough to save those who died at the hands of the Nazis. Further, for all of Itel Rosenthal's Socialist ramblings and activities, she never once considered turning her business into a collective. Her actions reinforced my personal belief that so-called Socialists only believe in Socialism when they are the ones in charge. In truth, I'd call Itel Rosenthal a Capitalist in Socialist clothing except many of her pictures show her quite well dressed (black silk and pearls in one picture) and well off. It grieves me that Jews brought Socialism to America. The details of Holocaust are difficult to read, but again, the story must be told and remembered. I would recommend this book.

cameron | 21 comments I didn't see a kind of bragging at all. I thought this biographical non-fiction was well balanced and a fascinating look at the effects of historical events on branches of his family. The fact that his branch progressed financially, due to a woman, and how they struggled and worked themselves out of the lower East Side, was true to one degree or another of tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants. Surviving the loss of half your family and still Moving forward is another story easily representing the Jewish family. Just because you weren't physically in a camp doesn't mean you were
Not a survivor.

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