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THEIR PROMISED LAND: My Grandparents In Love and War
Bibliophile price: £3.00
A moving account of what it meant to be Jewish and English in one of the most troubled times of the last century. Throughout a devoted 60 year marriage that spanned the terror and separation of two World Wars, Bernard 'Bun' and Winifred 'Win' Schlesinger remained each other's closest confidants. From the thousands of letters they exchanged, Ian Buruma weaves a story not just of his own grandparents, but of how a turbulent era brought conflicting notions of class, culture and nationality into stark relief. Born in England to prosperous German-Jewish immigrant families, the Schlesingers strove to become more English than the English. They were stoically discreet when faced with anti-Semitism even in the country they loved, but when solidarity mattered most, they rescued 12 Jewish children from the Nazis and provided for them to be cared in England. "A gentle and intimate study of identity and love." - Financial Times. The couple both lived into the 1980s. 305pp in illustrated Penguin paperback. Remainder mark.

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