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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, throu 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. ˃˃˃ The fascinating and inspiring story of a Jewish family from Bulgaria through the upheavals of the 20th century. Scroll up to grab your copy of For Better for Worse now!


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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, throu 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. ˃˃˃ The fascinating and inspiring story of a Jewish family from Bulgaria through the upheavals of the 20th century. Scroll up to grab your copy of For Better for Worse now!

30 review for For Better For Worse: Biographies & Memoirs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    Warm story about the large family of the author. Interesting read about life in Bulgaria in the 20th century. Thank you, Rachel Semo-Wool, for giving me a chance to read this and get to know your family's story! (StoryCartel.com) Warm story about the large family of the author. Interesting read about life in Bulgaria in the 20th century. Thank you, Rachel Semo-Wool, for giving me a chance to read this and get to know your family's story! (StoryCartel.com)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kari Derrickson

    This review was originally posted on my blog: http://bookwormmommyofthree.blogspot.... For Better For Worse by Rachel Semo Wool 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 This review was originally posted on my blog: http://bookwormmommyofthree.blogspot.... For Better For Worse by Rachel Semo Wool 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.( Copy and pasted from Amazon.com) This book was a little slow going at first and keeping track of all the family members was a little confusing at times. This book drew me in by helping me learn about a time, area, and traditions that I knew nothing about but had always been curious about. I loved all the facts about the many family members I just wish there would have been more story telling with the other members of the family not just choppy facts thrown together. When I got to her story it turned into more of the writing that I liked, she told more of a story while relating the facts that she was wanted to get a crossed. I just wish that this book would have been split up into more books to tell more of the stories of the other family members as well. All in all I thought Rachel Semo Wool's For Better For Worse was a very fascinating book. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in overseas, history, and or memoirs. I received this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    M

    The memoir of Rachel Semo Wool, For Better For Worse, is about her family's history going back to Bulgaria before the first World War. It is fascinating the amount of detail she has both remembered and been able to collect about her relatives and how they lived life in Jewish Bulgaria all the way through til 1945. Rachel reminisced with family members to flesh out the parts she could not remember or those experiences that happened before she was born. Rachel or Shelly the family nickname for Rach The memoir of Rachel Semo Wool, For Better For Worse, is about her family's history going back to Bulgaria before the first World War. It is fascinating the amount of detail she has both remembered and been able to collect about her relatives and how they lived life in Jewish Bulgaria all the way through til 1945. Rachel reminisced with family members to flesh out the parts she could not remember or those experiences that happened before she was born. Rachel or Shelly the family nickname for Rachel comes from a long and large extended family that lived for the most part in Sofia, Bulgaria. This book is a wonderful chronicle of how life was lived in Europe during the early part of the 20th century. How marriages were arranged and how children were treated and behaved. The importance of work in comparison to schooling, and manual labor jobs in relation to professional positions. Even if the reader doesn't know who any of the family members are in this book, and none of them are famous, this is a wonderful history of the average life in Bulgarian society. The book would definitely benefit from a family tree pictured at the beginning for the reader to refer back ...there are so many relatives and two sides of each family to keep track of. But all in all a delightful tale about a family who though had family traumas, survived through a terrible time in history in a fairly successful happy way with a large extended family making it all the way to Israel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Johnson

    I actually really enjoyed this book. I found it well written and interesting. Life really can be changed with hard work and they prove it. Looking at my own situation, I can only hope to be able to change my life and possibly be comfortable one of these days. We don't have to be rich, just comfy! This really does show that behind every storm, there is a rainbow waiting to pop out and change your whole world. Written in this way, the book almost comes out like an inspirational novel! I received th I actually really enjoyed this book. I found it well written and interesting. Life really can be changed with hard work and they prove it. Looking at my own situation, I can only hope to be able to change my life and possibly be comfortable one of these days. We don't have to be rich, just comfy! This really does show that behind every storm, there is a rainbow waiting to pop out and change your whole world. Written in this way, the book almost comes out like an inspirational novel! I received this product at a discount in exchange for my review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hermosa

    I recived a free copy in advance from Storycartel in exchange of my review. It is an interesting chronic about the author life during the second world war, but she doesn't tell how does she feel during those days I recived a free copy in advance from Storycartel in exchange of my review. It is an interesting chronic about the author life during the second world war, but she doesn't tell how does she feel during those days

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sally Hallman

    Completely written as a thesis, exactly what happened without a drip of emotion during a very emotional period of history for this family. Left me wanting to 're-read Exodus or Diary of Anne Frank. Completely written as a thesis, exactly what happened without a drip of emotion during a very emotional period of history for this family. Left me wanting to 're-read Exodus or Diary of Anne Frank.

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