Rachel Biale’s memoir of growing up on a kibbutz, juxtaposed with an account of her parents’ flight from the Holocaust, tells the quintessential story of Israel in the most intimate terms. She begins her memoir with a description of how her parents got to Israel and wound up on a kibbutz. Rachel was born four years after the state of Israel came into being, and her memoir continues with twenty-four stories that span her childhood — from her earliest memories at age three to her departure from Israel to America at age twenty. These stories touch on a pivotal moment in Israel’s history, geography, and social dreams. While these stories focus on the world of children, they also offer a window into the lives of the adult kibbutz members, including dark shadows of the Holocaust. Her relationship with her parents also animates many of these stories. Rachel’s parents lived on the kibbutz all their lives, but soon realized that no community could live up to its utopian ideals on a day-to-day basis.
Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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