Their Promised Land
My Grandparents in Love and WarAudiobook CD - 2016
A family history of surpassing beauty and power, Their Promised Land is Ian Buruma's account of his grandparents' enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars.Ian Buruma's maternal grandparents were born into the same world: children of German-Jewish emigre stockbrokers living in London. But at the demand of his parents, Ian's grandfather broke up with his fiancee by letter just before leaving for the western front during World War I. It was the first great shock their romance would suffer, but their love would survive it. Bernard ("Bun") and Winifred ("Win") Schlesinger were married for more than sixty years, but the heart of the story Buruma tells with characteristic grace in Their Promised Land lies within the span of the two world wars. This is the moving story of an assimilated Jewish family in unhappy times. Never able entirely to take national belonging for granted, they were more British than the British. With the outbreak of war in 1939, the Schlesingers began to face the real prospect that the Nazis could defeat England and place their family's survival in question. Nonetheless, they helped twelve Jewish children escape from Nazi Germany and gave them new lives in Britain. Drawn into service during World War II, Bun was stationed in India as a military doctor. No matter what else befell them, Win and Bernard sustained a remarkably consistent stream of letters back and forth between England and India, averaging a letter every other day, and filling their correspondence with vivid accounts of their respective spheres of activity. Back home, Win struggled through wartime privation and the blitz to hold her family together with courage and imagination. Their Promised Land is Ian Buruma's spellbinding homage to the sustaining power of a family's love and devotion through very dark days.
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 
Copyright Date: ℗2015
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio digital,optical 6 audio discs (450 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.