The Wedding Photo

The Wedding Photo

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A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launches Dan Oren's twenty-year search to solve the mystery of "Who is buried in Sarah's tomb?" A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photograph of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding lives. An archivist in Prague discovers a secret uncle whose celebrity-filled life takes the reader from the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the treasures of the Vatican. Finding and linking hitherto unknown family--from as ordinary any of us to as internationally-recognized as Philip Roth--this collection of gripping investigative accounts transforms genealogy into a world of exciting historical adventures. When a bishop, a minister, and a rabbi meet in a cemetery, it is not the set-up for a joke. Rather, The Wedding Photo becomes a dramatic and meaningful encounter of Christians and Jews with the darkest and the brightest sides of humanity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 20mm | 590g
  • English
  • 82 Illustrations; Illustrations, color
  • 0692139818
  • 9780692139813
  • 779,809

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What makes this book so very original, and perhaps unique, is that through the lens of genealogy, Oren addresses the mystery of what became of living individuals whom time's memory has lost. This book brings the living in touch with those who are gone, and will inspire its readers to turn to their own histories.

-Kaja Finkler, Professor Emeritus of Anthroplogy, University of North Carolina



One reviewer of Dan Oren's "Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale," hailed it as "marvelous, . . . based on broad and deep research," sophisticated in its analysis and gracious in its style. The same can be said of "The Wedding Photo," a compelling work of family history. I loved Oren's latest book. Extraordinary research, aided by new technology and by real people. Lucid writer. Useful to those who want to find out about their own families and moving as a series of wonderful stories.

-Daniel Horowitz, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of American Studies Emeritus, Smith College
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