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4/24/09

A Bridge Into the Life and Soul of a Family - review: Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland

Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland
A Bridge Into the Life and Soul of a Family
When I think of honesty, I think of books like C.S. Lewis' "A Grief Observed," about how he considered his faith after his beloved wife Joy died. The inner, intimate mind is not often recorded while under duress. In "Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland," duress is more than processing what has already happened, but what is happening.

More than a diary, and more than a collection of letters, this book is both. It is a bridge into the life and soul of a family. While the story of the Holocaust's rupture into Jewish society is not new, each telling shows a new view. With each new view, our understanding the tragedy and magnitude is multiplied.

It is indeed a strange feeling to know how the story ends before it begins, knowing the demise of all involved. It is horrid, yet filled with hope.

The writers of the letters talk about what matters most -- each other -- and does not dwell on the news and politics. Any one of our relatives might have written these letters had this been their life. It is not easy to read, as it reminds me of a book-long eulogy. As the years go on, books such as this will be here to remind us that real people lived and died.

I fully recommend "Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland."

Anthony Trendl
http://hungarianbookstore.com/

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