SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester will host a lecture, book-signing and question and answer session with David Laskin, author of new non-fiction book "The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century."
The event will take place on Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bendheim Performing Arts Center at 999 Wilmot Road in Scarsdale.
New York Times reporter Joe Berger, author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up After the Holocaust (Simon & Schuster), will join Laskin in a conversation about the book and its riveting true story of an extraordinary Jewish family.
“Scholars and scribes, Zionists and revolutionaries, Holocaust martyrs and the inventors of the Maidenform Bra all march through these pages,” comments Jonathan Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History in a statement. “The Family is the 20th-century history of the Jews writ small.”
The book describes the three drastically different paths that Laskin’s family members took across the span of 150 years.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Laskin’s great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe, raised six children with his wife in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The pious couple expected their sons and daughters to carry the family tradition into future generations. But the social and political upheavals of the 20th century decreed otherwise.
Their family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.
In tracing the roots of his own family, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers.
David Laskin is the author of "The Children’s Blizzard," which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. He is the author of several other books of nonfiction and also writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in Seattle.
Admission for this lecture is free. Advanced registration suggested at the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester website. Those who reserve by October 8, will be eligible to win a free copy of the book.