Author(s): Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
A family's story of human tenacity, faith and a race for survival in the face of unspeakable horror and cruelty perpetrated by the Nazi regime against the Jewish people. Growing up in the safety of England, far away from his family's past, Jonathan Wittenberg had never asked too many questions about his ancestors, although his father had told him Hitler murdered millions of people and 'turned thousands of them into bars of soap, including several of your relatives.' On a burning June day in Jerusalem, Jonathan, now a rabbi, and his family, bury his aunt Steffi in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Afterwards, Jonathan discovers a plain linen bag, nestled for years in a suitcase on her balcony, which delves him into his family history. Through the war-time correspondence of his great-grandmother Regina, his great aunts and uncles Sophie, Trude and Alfred, Jonathan weaves together the strands of an ancient rabbinical family with the history of Europe during the Second World War.
My Dear Ones takes us on a tumultuous journey throughout Europe and the United States and tells the moving story of a family whose lives hang by a silken thread but whose faith in God remains unshakeable throughou
'One of Britain's greatest religious thinkers - asking the toughest, and most enduring, questions. It's time Britain got the chance to hear him in his own voice, telling his own story.' - Jonathan Freedland 'A powerful and illuminating book.' - Edward Stourton 'Moving - at times almost unbearably so - and fascinating.' - Antonia Fraser 'My Dear Ones evokes a whole lost world... heartrending and unputdownable.' - Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger 'A tour de force, and a subject very close to the hearts of so many.' - Anne Sebba
Jonathan Wittenberg has been rabbi of the New North London Synagogue, a large North London community, for over 25 years, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism for the last six, and is currently President of the European Region of Conservative Rabbis. He is also a President of the Council of Christians and Jews, and a member of the Rabbis and Imams inter-faith group. He is a regular broadcaster, and lives in North London with his wife and children.