The families are as different as night and day. The outgoing Sandbergs are from Russia. The bookish Moritzes are from Austria. They meet in England before the First World War and form a strong, fiery friendship that would shape the destinies for three generations.
From world war to depression, from sweatshops to mansions, through times of love, faith, and betrayal they pour their sweat, blood and lives into one dream; their beloved children and their everlasting future.
The story presents two different Jewish culture experiences in the Moritz and Sandberg backgrounds, and yet it seems that being Jewish is a common denominator that makes these two families friends despite the differences. I got so involved with the story of the two families and the conflict of later Jewish vs Gentile culture that I was dismayed to find that the story had ended. I can only hope that the thread is picked up in the next book so I can find out what decision Nathan made.
We've had this book for a long time. The pages are intact and the book is readable, but the book has some moderate signs of age.