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Family histories open new windows on historical events

What makes books on family history so compelling for me is that they offer a fresh and personal lens on historical events while simultaneously illustrating how historical circumstances have a profound impact on the development of people and their descendants.

Raised in Santiago, Berkeley and Mexico City, Claudio Lomnitz is a professor of anthropology at Columbia University. “Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation” is his exploration of what it means to inherit a particularly Jewish legacy of hardship and itinerancy.