"The Gravedigger's Daughter" is the story of Rebecca Schwart born in New York harbor on the boat on which her parents emigrated from Germany to the United States. Her childhood is harrowing as she grows up with an unpredictable violent father, a mentally weak mother, and two brutish brothers. All of the members of this Jewish family have been diminished by the necessity of their escape from Nazi Germany and arrival in less than friendly and not very prosperous new home in America. At one point during … more
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