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Worlds Apart is a remarkable family memoir that tells the story of two brothers, Adolphe and Marcus. Separated at the turn of the twentieth century, Adolphe settles in Switzerland, whereas Marcus ends up in Moscow, inspired by his Communist believes. They would never meet again.
In her first book, BBC journalist and author Nadia Ragozhina rediscovers the missing part of the family and pieces together the stories hidden for generations.
The lives of Adolphe's and Marcus' daughters and granddaughters are set against the Russian Revolution, Stalin's repressions, the persecution of Jews across Europe and the Second World War. These are stories of ordinary people, trying to survive against the backdrop of some of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century.
Worlds Apart offers a range of fascinating topics to explore, including Jewish memory and identity, Jewish lives of ordinary people in different parts of Europe in the 20th century, as well as themes of exile, genealogy and reunification.
You can purchase a copy of the book here and a percentage of the proceeds will support a local independent bookstore in the Berkshires.