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Two Worlds: A Family Memoir about the Holocaust, Intermarriage and Love Patricia J. Hruby

Two Worlds: A Family Memoir about the Holocaust, Intermarriage and Love

Patricia J. Hruby

Published August 24th 2004
ISBN : 9781418417451
Paperback
396 pages
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Part memoir, part family history, Two Worlds tells the story of Patricia J. Hrubys Catholic childhood, her marriage to Ron, the son of Holocaust survivors, and their struggle to make their mixed marriage work. Their story is intertwined with theMorePart memoir, part family history, Two Worlds tells the story of Patricia J. Hrubys Catholic childhood, her marriage to Ron, the son of Holocaust survivors, and their struggle to make their mixed marriage work. Their story is intertwined with the stories of Rons parents, his uncle and his grandmother, all of whom survived the Holocaust in different parts of Europe. Indeed, a fascinating tapestry of family history exploring individual and familial efforts to grapple with lifes meaning as well as comprehend the depth of their Jewish identity through very turbulent times. Midway through the book, all of the characters, including Patricias Catholic father, dance the hora, a traditional Jewish dance, at the young couples wedding. As layers of circling dancers surround Patricia and Ron, bobbing on chairs above the pulsing crowd, ethnic and religious barriers temporarily break down and the room is filled with love and celebration. With great story telling and dialogue, Two Worlds brings to life the characters histories as well as their current lives, where the past continues to intrude in the form of food obsessions, assimilation fears, depression and varying beliefs in God. The book is judiciously interspersed with original letters, newspaper articles and family photos, hidden by Gentiles during the war.