• Author: Rachel Semo Wool
  • Language: INGLISH
  • Category: ביוגרפיה, יהדות, שואה

For Better For Worse

Four generations in the life of one Jewish family, from Bulgaria to Palestine and from poverty to affluence.

For Better for Worse follows a Jewish Bulgarian family through two world wars, injury and loss, persecution and poverty, to success and renown. It takes the reader from the Bulgarian snow to the Mediterranean mud, across language, climate and cultural change, through the unbelievable escape from the European hell to a new start at a Jewish settlement in Palestine, the War of Independence and the establishment of the Israeli state.

˃˃˃ One family, two centuries, four generations: surviving, starting over, believing in the future!

For Better for Worse is a rare depiction of the thriving Jewish community that existed in Bulgaria for hundreds of years – one of the only Jewish communities in Europe not to be annihilated during the Holocaust, despite the country’s Fascist history.

The story is told by Rachel, a young Bulgarian girl who has personally witnessed the horrors of the 20th century and has become a true Israeli, and the narrator of a magnificent family saga. She was born in 1939 in Europe, which was about to burst into flames, a Jewish girl in a world that rejected her kind, and deported with her family from Sofia to a remote Bulgarian village. The story continues to follow the new generation of Israeli born children that managed to fulfill their forefathers’ commitment to high achievements and success. Sadly, only few of the older relatives are alive to witness the family legacy come true, as their grandchildren become outstanding citizens in their homeland.