A fragmented family

When Mark Mazower traces his Russian Jewish roots, he finds relatives who met a wide range of fates.

By COLIN SHINDLER
February 21, 2018 20:29
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A RALLY of the Bund Jewish workers’ union in Warsaw in 1932. The movement was active across Eastern

A RALLY of the Bund Jewish workers’ union in Warsaw in 1932. The movement was active across Eastern Europe. (photo credit: BUND ARCHIVES)

Mark Mazower’s latest book, What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home, is a descriptive voyage of his family’s journey. Mazower’s discoveries are made all the more interesting because his Russian Jewish family fragmented with the rise of Bolshevism in Russia a century ago and Lenin’s decimation of other socialist movements.

Mazower’s grandfather Max, who died before he was born, made the journey from Grodno via Vilna to Hampstead and Highgate and the life of a bourgeois Englishman.

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