The year is 1926. Thousands of Jewish families are forced to flee poverty and anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe. Fate takes two families to the magical continent of South America, which opens its generous arms to them. Many surprises await the immigrants in the New World. In this exciting story of their lives from their early teens in the “shtetl” to leisurely musings of middle age, we see the hardships immigrants face in the long journey to America, the complex process of adaptation to an unfamiliar environment and the phenomenal development of their businesses. Parallel to the story of the main characters, another story emerges: that of the birth of a typical Jewish community within a Christian city. Translated from the original Spanish book, La Descendencia, The Heritage is peppered with reflections on religion and historical events of the time regarding the Jews and the state of Israel. Throughout the narrative, the author captivates us with a fascinating story of overcoming, human conflicts and addresses issues of assimilation and identity. Though not an autobiographical novel, it could be the story of the parents or grandparents of any Jew from Central or South America. The author preferred to use a fictional provincial capital of Latin American so that the reader can recognize the history of his or her own Jewish community, as all Jewish communities in Latin America came into being in an almost identical manner.
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Jack Michonik was born in Geneva, Switzerland, of Russian parents and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He attended high school in New York and graduated in Business Administration from the University of Grenoble, France. He then lived in Cali, Colombia for 20 years (1958-1978) before permanently settling in Tel Aviv with his wife and two children.
He writes in Spanish and his works include “Eldorado” (Editorial Orlanco, Colombia), “La Novela” (Semana Publishing Co, Jerusalem), “The Unusual Story of Christian White” (Plaza y Valdes, Mexico ), “Como Alma en Pene”* (Plaza y Valdes & Amazon Kindle) and he has recently published “Obsesión” (Amazon Kindle). His popular book “La Descendencia” was translated into French as “La Descendance” and published by Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson in 2009. The corresponding English edition, “The Heritage” was translated and published on Amazon Kindle in 2015.