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As Andre Schwarz-Bart acquaints us with succeeding generation of Levys, he also schools us in the tragic legacy of Jewish persecution. But neither the pogroms of the Cossacks nor the Spanish Inquisition could dampen the religious ardor of Europe's Jews. Expulsion after expulsion--from England, France, Portugal, Geramany, Russia--finally lead the Levys to Poland. Zemyock, a peaceful village sheltered in a valley, will be their home for two centuries. It is here we meet Mordecai and later Benjamin, grandfather and father of Ernie. But Ernie will not be born in Zemyock; the pogroms of the Russian Revolution determine that the Levys emigrate once more--to Germany.
Posted April 5, 2003
This story of the thirty-six Just men ,those upon whose very existence the world depends is tremendously moving and painful. It is the story of Jewish suffering in Europe which comes to its terrible end in the Shoah(the Holocaust) And the center of the work is the story of Ernie Levy, the last of the just. This is one of the most moving books I have ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2008
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