The Family tells the story of the Jewish 20th century through the experience of one ordinary, extraordinary family. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children at the western fringe of the Russian Empire. The pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry the family traditions into future generations. But history decreed otherwise.

The upheavals of the last century split the family into three branches: one immigrated to America and founded two businesses, including the fabulous Maidenform Bra Company; one went to Palestine as pioneer farmers and participated in the violent birth of the State of Israel; the third branch remained behind in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi Occupation.

One family—three paths—and the epic history the Jewish 20th century: this is the story of The Family. As Amazon’s Sara Nelson wrote when naming The Family an Amazon Best Book of the Month in biography and memoir “This is a great, big-hearted book about how time and place modifies family, whatever or whenever its roots.”

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