A Double Thread
John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in the East End of London from the 1920s through the Second World War and beyond. Looking back on his childhood, he traces his double inheritance, the religion that underpinned family life - Yiddish stories and jokes, the rituals and mysteries of the synagogue - is set against the life of the streets, where gangsters are heroes and patients turn up on the doorstep at all hours.
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The Faith of the Fathers
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