Max tells us about his life in Russia. The fact that Russia sees Jew as a nationality and not a religion, was news to me. How devastating to have to live in fear because you are known to be a Jew. I am a Jew living in Madison, WI. my family came from Russia. Hearing Max's tale opens my eyes and heart to what life was like (and still is) for the Jewish population.
Max, you are a brilliant man. You are strong. To have dreams and then have to change gears just to stay in school so you wouldn't have to go into the military and put your heart and soul into your university life, is quite admirable.
I enjoyed learning about the ways of Russia. I enjoyed learning about a life firsthand. A Jewish life.
The only thing missing from this book is how you, Max, met your wife. A chapter about your dates and wedding and then birth of your children would have been amazing to read about. It would have culminated what your dreams were and still are today. Why isn't it in the book? Why did you spend so much time writing about your great grandparents and leave this out? I kept reading until the end, hoping to hear about your happiness with the one you married.
Yes, I enjoyed your book. Yes, I would recommend it.
Thank you for writing your story.