Saturday, January 20, 2018
What You Did Not Tell, a family memoir by Mark Mazower (Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies; Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination), is reviewed in The New Yorker's Briefly Noted (Jan. 22, 2018):
“How is it that the places we live in come to feel that they are ours?” a noted historian asks in this exacting memoir, which traces his family’s journey from tsarist Russia to postwar England. The story centers on his grandfather Max, the revolutionary leader of a Jewish labor movement. Max distributed fake passports, illegal weapons, and banned Yiddish tracts. By the time he was thirty-five, in 1907, he’d been arrested and sent to Siberia twice, and he fled to London. Max shared little about his life in Russia, but Mazower, plowing through letters, diaries, and archives, finds that his grandfather’s story encompasses many of the horrors of twentieth-century Europe.