Charles Lewinsky

In 1871, the Meijer's world is small, but peaceful. Until Janki, a deserter from the French army, arrives, determined to become a success. One year later, he has won, against all odds, a bride and a drapery shop in Baden. In 1893, the dispute over the prohibition of kosher butchering makes the Swiss Jews outsiders, and Pinchas Meijer, a butcher, loses his job. For the third generation, even religious conversion cannot fulfil their dreams of acceptance and the finest department store in Zurich. Nor does good fortune always accompany a great love story, for in 1914 the Meijers are painfully aware that they still have no Swiss passports. And in 1937 one of them still believes it possible to live in Germany. But weren't they lucky after all, the Meijers, lucky to be Swiss Jews? Yes, but not allowed to turn luck into happiness.

"A powerful and intelligent narrator." (Alexander Kissler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

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