Shayndl and Salomea: From Lemberg to Berlin

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At the age of fifty and faced with severe depression, Salomea Genin began to write about her family's history and her own. From stories both told and untold, Genin recreates the lives of the Zwerling family in the Jewish quarter of Lemberg (Lvov): There is her strict, deeply religious grandfather, Shulim, the patriarch; his patient but tired wife, Dvoire; and his beautiful and rebellious daughter, Shayndl, who marries the dreamer Avram Genin against her father's wishes and without his blessing, and who will later...
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Overview

At the age of fifty and faced with severe depression, Salomea Genin began to write about her family's history and her own. From stories both told and untold, Genin recreates the lives of the Zwerling family in the Jewish quarter of Lemberg (Lvov): There is her strict, deeply religious grandfather, Shulim, the patriarch; his patient but tired wife, Dvoire; and his beautiful and rebellious daughter, Shayndl, who marries the dreamer Avram Genin against her father's wishes and without his blessing, and who will later become Salomea Genin's mother. Genin details her grandparents' and parents' lives with great psychological and emotional acuity. Her richly detailed personal history presents a vivid portrait of the effects of a family's struggles - personal, religious, social, and for their very survival - against the shadow of the Nazi rise to power.
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Library Journal
Genin comments that it is the duty of the Jewish people to tell the story of their exodus from Egypt. In this memoir, she molds that philosophy to fit her own personal history. Though billed as a story of Jewish ghetto life during Hitler's rise (Genin was born in Berlin in 1932 and emigrated to Australia with her mother and her sisters in 1939), this account says little about the Eastern Europe of that era, instead focusing on her dysfunctional family in the Jewish quarter of Lemberg (Lvov). First she describes the struggles of her mother, Shayndl, to be with the man she loved and the lover's abandonment of his family. In the second half of the book, when Genin talks about her own life, she soon succumbs to the language of therapy, and the writing disintegrates. Not recommended.Jill Jaracz, Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810111684
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/1997
  • Series: Jewish Lives
  • Edition description: Translated
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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At the age of fifty and faced with severe depression, Salomea Genin began to write about her family's history.
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