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Their Promised Land

My Grandparents in Love and War



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Their Promised Land by Ian Buruma
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Ian Buruma's grandparents, Bernard Schlesinger and Winifred Regensburg (Winnie & Bun), wrote to each other regularly over their sixty years together. The first letters were written in 1915, when Bernard was still at school at Uppingham and Win was taking music lessons in Hampstead. The last ones were written in the 1970s. Most of them are love letters, written from the trenches in France in World War One, from Oxford and Cambridge in the 1920s, from Germany in the 1930s, from Norway and India in World War Two. Often, especially when Bernard was away for three years in India as a doctor in the British Army, they wrote every day, knowing it would take weeks, and sometimes months to reach the other side. Their letters are a priceless record of an assimilated Jewish family living in England throughout the upheavals of the twentieth century and a moving portrait of a loving couple separated by war. By using their own words, Ian Buruma tells their story and embarks on a personal journey that reveals his own family history.

Author Biography

Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in A Japanese Mirror and Bad Elements. His other books include: The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Year Zero. Buruma lives in New York, where he teaches at Bard College. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and many other publications in the US and Europe.
Release date Australia
March 3rd, 2016
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
42 integrated b&w photographs
Atlantic Books
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