“ . . . a welcome and unusual glimpse of the private side of one of East European Jewry’s most influential public figures.” —American Historical Review
" . . . an absorbing introduction to one of the truly original thinkers in modern Jewish history." —Heritage Southwest Jewish Press
“For a complete picture of the Polish/Russian world of the twentieth century, this book should be required reading.” —AJL Newsletter
This is a memoir and biography by an extraordinary woman about her father, a pioneer in the field of Jewish history as well as a leading political activist among East European Jews during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book chronicles Dubnov's personal, professional, and ideological development during a period of intense change for the Jews of the Russian Empire, from the Haskalah to the first years of World War II.