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Jonathan Wittenberg

My Dear Ones: One Family and the Final Solution

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Wed 26 October 2016

Jonathan Wittenberg

My Dear Ones: One Family and the Final Solution

RabbiJonathan2013 MarionDavies Small
Wed 26 October 2016,

Growing up in the safety of England, far away from his family’s past, Jonathan Wittenberg had never asked too many questions about his ancestors, although his father had told him Hitler murdered millions of people and ‘turned thousands of them into bars of soap, including several of your relatives.’

After burying his aunt Steffi in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, he discovered a linen bag containing a bundle of letters left untouched for decades. Through the wartime correspondence of his great-grandmother Regina and his grandmother, aunts and uncles, he weaves together the strands of an ancient rabbinical family with the history of Europe during the Second World War and the unfolding policies of the Nazis, telling the moving story of a family whose lives were as fragile as the paper on which they wrote.

 

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