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A Break with Tradition Joanna Kadish

A Break with Tradition

Joanna Kadish

Published November 15th 2000
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Hardcover
182 pages
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Celia Kadish was 95 years old, a survivor of the anti-Semitism of prewar Poland and Hitlers Germany. She had suffered for the privilege of living freely in American, and her life had been guided by the religious and social values of her JewishMoreCelia Kadish was 95 years old, a survivor of the anti-Semitism of prewar Poland and Hitlers Germany. She had suffered for the privilege of living freely in American, and her life had been guided by the religious and social values of her Jewish heritage. Meeting her grandsons fiancee was a shock for her. In many ways, it seemed, Joanna - the author of this memoir - and Celia were very different. The younger woman, who had converted to Judaism, and the values she represented forced the older woman to consider her own life and values. In her teens, Celia had dared to fall in love with a Christian soldier but could not bring herself to abandon her religion and family to marry him. Instead, she had embarked on a loveless marriage. Now, she was faced with her grandsons decision to marry for love, a luxury she had not been able to afford herself.In Poland before the Holocaust, Jews and Christians lived in separate communities and led separate lives. Celias experience had led her to believe that a peaceful existence could only be maintained by sharply defined boundaries. Despite the hardships they endured, Celias closely-knit family and community had known a certain happiness.When Celia meets Joanna, she must again confront the ghosts of her past - including the deaths of her husband and newborth child in war-torn Germany - to reconsider her values of family and faith.