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Poland from their birth through to the present day with a focus on ow they survived WWII and Stalinist Russia The book illuminates their careers their loves their children It shows better than anything else I ve read what living in Russia int eh 40s and 50s felt like and at its 75 Glamorous Rice Dishes heart it s about choicesAt the very centre of the book in terms of page count are a set of potentially conflicting accounts of the actions of Gessen s great grandfather who was an elder in a Nazi run ghetto in Poland The information is unclear possibly contradictory Wase a The New Independent Home hero or a collaborator What choices dide make What choices did Kissing Galileo (Dear Professor, heave How did A Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book he die Each option is explored conclusions are impliedThe ghetto story a microscale of the rest of the book in whichis daughter and the woman who will eventually be Aga(c)Silas her best friend the mother of the girlis grandson will marry make those choices their whole lives What is folding to the state compromising your ethics protecting your family staying alive Do you turn away a job for the secret police if that job will keep your baby from starving If you do what then If you don t what thenI m making this sound unrelentingly grim and certainly bad things Crushing Low Stakes Poker happen in it and the central characters suffer but both of these women lived and even thrived in aostile state built careers and families and Disney Princess Learning to Count have children and grandchildren who did the same Maybe at it seart it s also about growing potatoes on Mars survival against all oddsThe writing itself is gorgeous and compelling I Ella, The Slayer (Serenity House, hadn t run into Gessen before aside from an essay that pointed me to this book but I will be reading them again I d whetted my appetite for WWII related literature by watching a documentary series on Netflix My wifead purchased this book years ago so I picked it up and gave it a try First Ms Gessen is a very talented writer and she shares a compelling story I was probably looking for on the Modern Viking historical side of things than the book intended to give The book is really biographical as Gessen weaves together the narrative ofer two grandmothers as they lived through WWII and the antisemitism of post war Russia It was a lovely tribute to er grandmothers but a bit difficult for me to follow as Gessen switched back and forth between Ruzya and Ester and their multiple family members somewhat numerous spouses etc Although it didn t provide the type of istory I was The Elements of Legal Style hoping for it did describe the impact the warad on two families and I appreciated that aspect of the story 35 Stars A memoir of two Jewish women and what it ment to be a Jew under Hitler s rule and eually brutal Stalin s rule Researched and written by their grand daughter Masha Gessen the book is rich in The Amory Wars, Volume 1 history and family research I tend to enjoy this blend ofistorical depth with personal experiences and Ester and Ruzya stories are full of character and life as they bring us through the terrible times of the twentieth century Books like this are important and tend to give a valuable insight to family life lived through these dark and dangerous years In the 1930s as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival One became a One Night with The Sheikh hero iner childrens and grandchildren s eyes and the other a collaboratorThis book was a really interesting read but Mismatch (Love Match, having said that Iad a difficult time initially connecting with the story as the difference between Ester and Ruzya s stories were initially difficult to follow and I found myself at times confused as to whose story was whose By 100 pages the story did come together and the second Family Wanted half of the book worked better for meIad this book sitting on my bookshelf for a long time and was glad "TO HAVE FINALLY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT "have finally Keys to Tulsa had an opportunity to read it fascinating account of persecution by the Nazis and the Soviets told in a very engaging style Mashaas the wisdom to be non judgemental of Secret Africa her ancestors and the difficult compromises theyad to make in order to survive I like that this granddaughter investigates and writes about the personal experience of Crush (Awkward, her grandmothers during World War II and their experiences in Russia and Poland I really like both the grandmothers Ester and Ruzyastories They are determined intelligent andave a zest for living I مهارت در بازی زندگی have read a good number of books that take place in Germany and the different perspective was interesting The difference between Ester and Ruzya s stories were freuently difficult to follow Unfortunately this added an undue confusion to the interweaving tales What I know of the Soviet Union is confined to the lesson plans of myistory class This book so much than that and the family love which flows between the lines stops it from ever being dry Informative with a The Dragon in the Clock Box heart of gold I ve always been fascinated by stories that revolves around or centered on Hitler the Holocaust and the European Theater of WWII I ve also been fascinated by memoirs of people who lived during that time In Gessen s book I found myself immersed in both lovesThis is a captivating work is both a labor of love and cautionary tale for the rest of the world In usinger grandmothers stories Gessen offers a peak behind the Iron Curtain before such a term even existed We learn of a religious identity that drives one grandmother to clock a would be affair suare in the jaw for My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, his anti Semitic views and share the pain of cross generational discrimination wither son We read of The Nazi Revolution how the other grandmother felt when she became a part of the system knowing that each step she took to ensure some form of stability forer and Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy her daughter disappointeder father This is a book that forces us to believe the unbelievable ow a tyrant in one country could wipe out almost an entire race of people and ow another tyrant s paranoid delusions nearly destroyed Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, his countryGessen s book is also eerily timely as the world sees the Soviet regime turning back theands of time and influencing America s elections and thrusting is into the political ideology of TrumpismWhy this book isn t reuired reading at universities around the world is beyond me It is all to easy for people my age and older to forget what life was like when the Iron Curtain was securely drawn over the Soviet Union Eastern Europe Gessen s book reminds us why we cannot afford not remembering. Ugh this remarkable period in Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet history from the Stalin purges to the Holocaust from the rise of Zionism to the fall of communism she describesow each of Arise her grandmothers and before themer great grandfather tried to navigate a dangerous line between conscience and compromise Ester and Ruzya is a spellbinding work of storytelling filled with political intrigue and passionate emotion acts of courage and acts of betrayal At once an intimate family chronicle and a fascinating Archies Americana, Vol. 1 historical tale it interweaves the stories of two women with a brilliant vision of Russianistory The result is a memoir that reads like a novel and an extraordinary testament to the bonds of family and the power of ope love and endurance From the Hardcover editi. Ester and Ruzya How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's PeaceNO SPOILERSThis is an amazing book It is definitely getting 5 strs Who should read it Those who are interested in life in the Soviet Union starting from the 1930s all the way up to 2002 and those interested in the persecution of Jews in Poland prior to and during WW2 You Talk to Me have to be interested in these two subjects This book packs an emotional punch It is about motherhood friendship and survival Aboutumor and of course Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, history It is aboutow people are SO different Sure we can search for reasons but we are simply born different This is not to say that one is good and the other bad Both Rozalia and Ester were wonderful and yet very very different from each other You will learn so much about life in the Soviet Union through the lives of these two remarkable women and their families The prose is engaging funny and philosophical This is exactly the kind of book I adore I loved this so much I don t want to leave the subject Now I will start The Family Mashber It IS fiction Could it possibly be as good as this biography Through page 248 The grandmothers Educating for the New World Order have met finally Now I know who is who on the cover of my book 0 You come to love these two womenThrough page 244 This book isn t a light read It is stuffed with facts both about life in Bialystok Poland and in Russia after the war Also in Turkmenistan It is about two grandmothers andow each survived Hitler s war and Stalin s peace just as the title indicates There is a Russian word spasat sia which means literally to save oneself but to do it on a regular basis That such a word exists in a particular language says something about the culture of the people using this language This word and the Russian word for Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock hunger vprogolod are central to what this book is about The two grandmothersave still not met The point is much that although these two women were similar in many ways they chose different ways of surviving It is the analysis of WHY these two women made such different choices that is riveting Let me say very clearly neither one was the The Character Of An Upright Man hero and the other the traitor That is what you will learn Well that is merely my feeling Others may disagree Being a censor in Stalin s Russiaas both its ups and sowns Very interesting reading Through page 202 This is ridiculous I mark sentences that I feel I must uote but there are so many The writing makes me alternately laugh cry or takes my breath away What is said is so Mr. Malcolms List hoestly true perceptiveeart wrenching Between the emotional lines you get the GURPS Conspiracy X historical facts and discussions onow different events Just One Golden Kiss have been debated So no uotes I ve given enough No two short lines This is the essence of living the skill of grasping whatever joy comes your way page 198 now she knows fromer own life The Tyranny of Guilt howappiness comes in tiny bursts Like a good book page 200No Read the book instead Through Page 152 I appreciate the author s analysis of what is behind the choices made by each of Phantom Encounters her grandmothers A bit less thanalf way through the book I Eat Your Way Through the USA have mostly learned about Ester s choices I admireer zest for life and My Dirty Janitor Book 4 her spunk I admireer Stories from Spain / Historias de España honesty and ability to clearly see the importance of the support she received fromer mother AndMaybe she is reluctant to judge knowing precisely Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos how difficult it was forer to stand Broken Bear her ground page 140 Read the book description under the title Ester and Ruzya How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler s War and Stalin s Peace It is much relevant to the point of the book than that given for the title of Two Babushkas Again on the theme ofunger Hunger is accepting the Enna Burning humiliation of a biscuit fromim She concentrates on

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small indifferent bites 128On the all pervading fear characteristic of these timesThere was a misunderstanding between Ester and Major Gurov and at the center of this misunderstanding was fear The most important instrument of control in the soviet Union was fear page 129In the beginning of the book each chapter switched between the two beginning of the book each chapter switched between the two This was a bit confusing It is much easier to follow as you get further into the book where the story focuses one one grandmother at a time They still Hatter have not met There is no map which is bad But drag out your atlases instead There is so much to learn Iadve never before read about Paint the Wind how lettersenvelopes were triangular in the Soviet Union at this time Another thing that is bad is that the book lacks photographsThrough page 119 It is made strikingly clear that whatppens to an individual is most often completely outside of their control The good and the bad just fall down on you from above In Moscow Ester is studying and as found friends With the Germans approaching from the west for many Poles Russia was the only alternative available Ester s roomate and friend Eda was very lucky when a pilot saw er photograph and fell in love with The Perfect Resume her They never even met And whatappens He decides The Centurion Code heas no need for Antropologia da Criança his large pay there on the front and sent it to Eda Whatappens next He is killed and another bank transfer an astronomical sum of money was sent to Eda From living with Air Terisak Membelah Batu hunger they now delight in wine and food real foood War and food or lack thereof are so closely knit From page 108Somewhere around that time she firsteard the word vprogolod It means a life of Canned hunger not the crisis of famine but theabitual year of GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION hunger not the crisis of famine but theabitual year year day to day painful light eadedness and a sucking sensation in the esophagus This was ow they livedBefore the lucky star fell from the skyWhat you notice is that people are just ordinary people even in the worst of times Here is this pilot falling in love with a girl Lisa and David Today heas never seen The need to Clinton, Inc. hold someone dear is so essential to life Here are Eda and Ester buying food and wine with comments such as page 109Sheas never been a wine drinker before but she can become one now I also like Dvorak Keyboard howistory is seamlessly woven into the tale page 109As it The Muslim Masquerade happened just as she was sentenced in August 1941 The Soviet Union signed a co operation agreement with occupied Poland s government in exile and in conjunctionwith that move declared amnesty for all Polish citizens in labor camps prisons and special settlements on Soviet territory Many of them including the future Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin left the Soviet Union in the ranks of an army formed by Polish general Wladislaw Anders The rest like Bella rem. In the 1930s as waves of war and persecution were crashing over Europe two young Jewish women began separate journeys of survival One a Polish born woman from Bialystok where virtually the entire Jewish community would soon be sent to the ghetto and from there to Hitler’s concentration camps was determined not only to live but to live with pride and defiance The other a Russian born intellectual and introvert would eventually become aigh level censor under Stalin’s regime At war’s end both women found themselves in Moscow where informers lurked on every corner and anti Semitism reigned It was there that Ester and Ruzya would first cross paths there that they became the closest of friends and learned to trust each other with th. ,

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Ained in the Soviet Union through the warTime and time again what appens to just you is pure luck Will you be one of the lucky few Through page 66 Life during the Great Terror 1937 1940 under Stalin is better understood when the reader see the effects on Ester s and Rozalia s lives and that of their families The capriciousness of fate its you There is no rhyme or reason as to who gets caught and who slips free However fear is a constant that all feel Page 52No one came that night for Moshe or for Rozalia or for Boba or anyone else in the gang But Moshe continued to wait and so did Rozalia just as thusands of people in the Soviet Union waited every night unable to sleep think or make love always listening for the car engine in the courtyard the steps on the stairs and the banging on the doorI am wondering How to Heal Your Body how it would feel to read this bookaving lived through these timesThere is no map so be sure you The Book of Revelation have an atlas within reach I wouldave also appreciated photos Through page 21 I enjoy learning about the author s family the two central characters being Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) her two grandmothers RozaliaRuzya is the mother of the author s father Sasha Ester is the mother ofer Mom Yalochka Rozalia and Ester Practical Prinkery have been friends long before their children ever married There is a longistory preceding the familial tieing of the two families In 1981 the author Masha and The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) her parents emigrated She was 14 at the time Now 10 years later Mashaas returned as a jounalist and will meet again those of The Art of Not Breathing her tightly knit family And bother grandmothers Finally in 1994 she moved permanently back to Moscow As an adult going back to where she grew up was tumuluous wrought with fear and delight It was then Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery her grandmothers tolder the stories of their lives in fuller detail It is these stories that constitute the book I A Peoples Tragedy haven t read many pages but I immediatelyave learned the importance of family in Russian life Being family is both an obligation and a joy You need the elp of your family in a way that is perhaps ard for a Westerner to comprehend I assume this will be shown to me in the following pages Ester s family was from Bialystok Poland Rozalia s from Moscow Between the wars Bialystok was the city in Poland with the largest community of Jews That is where the tale begins This is not fiction Ester s Hasidic Jewish parents were atheists one working for the Zionist cause the other for the integration of the Jews into Polish life an activist in the Bund the Jewish workers party in Poland It was Ester s father who was the Zionist and Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, her mother the Bundist As in real life people who love eachother do not always think the same Other interests tied them their daughter Ester of course I like that these people reflect the possibility of loving and still not necessarily agreeing or doing things in the same way Then fate also sticks itsand in the jumble and the result is life I will not tell you what Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One happens to them and I do not know much of the total story yet I enjoy learning about the Jewish traditions in Bialystok in the 1930s Here too in this city a center of Jewish thought and life in Poland discrimination was clearly evident Ester is a well developed young teenager the boys are definitely interested In the summer mother and daughter Bella and Ester leave Bialystok for country life Here is a tast of the prose both from page 21Bella and Esterave taken a room with a terrace in a large private ome since far to many of the pensions now announce alongside their name No dogs
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Jews Ester s comes to visit them every weekend He is driving toward their lodging Remember fathers will be fathersNow Jakub waves to Ester and visibly picks up speed as e approaches the Devils Gate house Nowe bounds up the stairs Now The Old Myers Place (Halloween, he traverses the terracein two leeping steps grabs the young man by the collar andolds im suspended in mid air like a small animal for a split second before stepping back toward the stairway and sending the charming conversationalist tumbling downMaude you are probably way ahead of me already It is good isn t it Before starting For clarity s sake Ester and Ruzya and Two Babushkas are the same I will be reading this book with Maude 0 We both ave igh expectations We will with Maude 0 We both ave igh expectations We will our thoughts with eachother in the messages below this review If we think that which we say is a spoiler we will add a SPOILER WARNING to the message I am oping that Maude will also write a review and that I can leave messages there too Anybody intererested in joing in on the discussion is welcomeThe setting is Poland and Russia The book is a biography of the author s two grandmothers who survived Hitler s war and Stalin s peace I ve started to go back to one of my earlier book lists and read books that I put on the list years ago This is one of them Finally tracked down a used copyMasha was born in Russia but emigrated to the United States with Me Write Book her parents and younger brother when she was a young teen in 1981 Shead fond memories of Cosmological Enigmas her grandmothers and went back to Russia as a young journalist to spend time with them She became intrigued with their stories and managed to get a grant to write this book Sheas moved back to Russia now At Hells Gate herselfThis book followser grandmothers from the 1920s to the 21st century Her grandmother Ester was born in Poland and moved to Russia to study after the beginning of World War II Her grandmother Rozalia was born in Moscow They are both ethnic Jews not religious but labelled different by the Russian governmentThe book follows them from girlhood through World War II Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, hardships marriage children jobunting widowhood social ostracism and much Masha as been able to coax an amazing amount of detail out of er grandmothers and adds Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, historical research and personal papers toer resources to fill out the stories These are very interesting women who Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society havead very interesting lives I found a lot of food for thought in this book despite its mediocre writing Stories of WW2 are endlessly fascinating to me I am amazed at both the victim s strength the victimizer s capacity for evil Where those 2 roles overlap the ethics get murky and dirty and real It s pretty rare for me to chew through non fiction this fast but I couldn t put this one downThe storyline follows the lives of the author s grandmothers both Jewish one from Moscow one from. Eir lives In this deeply moving family memoir journalist Masha Gessen tells the story of er two beloved grandmothers Ester the uicksilver rebel who continually battled the forces of tyranny; Ruzya a single mother who joined the Communist Party under duress and made the compromises the regime exacted of all its citizens Both lost their first loves in the war Both suffered unhappy unions Both were gifted linguists who made their living as translators And both ad children Ester a boy and Ruzya a girl who would grow up fall in love and P.S. Im Pregnant have two children of their own Masha ander younger brotherWith grace candor and meticulous research Gessen peels back the layers of secrecy surrounding er grandmothers’ lives As she follows them thro. ,

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