Irene Nemirovsky died in Auschwitzconcentration camp along with perhaps over a million others. She was from an enormously wealthy Jewish-Russian family that had to flee to France during the 1917 Russian Revolution. A celebrated author and mother of two, Nemirovlsky converted to Catholicism yet her Jewish heritage was the cause of her death.
Before the war she had attended the Sorbonne and begun writing at the age of 18. She married a Jewish banker and had two children and she continued as a successful writer with several of her books adapted as movies and a play.
Five years after her death, All Our WorldlyGoods was published. It is a beautiful story of love between a man and women from different classes who go against their parent’s wishes and marry. The wealthy demanding patriarch makes life difficult for this couple who won’t deny their love in spite of his demands. We follow this couple through the first World War and then suffer the horror of it happeningall over again for their children as Hitler comes to power. All Our Worldly Goods is a lovely story of the resilience of the human spirit when the power of love exits between two people. Another recent addition to our collection is The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky By Her Daughter.