An Orphan in History: One Man's Triumphant Search for His Jewish Roots

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Jewish Lights Pub., 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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Sometimes we must look into the past in order to face the future.

After growing up as a fully assimilated Jew, Paul Cowan embarked in his mid-thirties upon a journey to discover and appreciate his true identity and heritage. This orphan in history relates his search for these roots, detailing the path he took from his Park Avenue home to nineteenth-century Lithuania to a contemporary Israeli kibbutz, leading to remarkable personal discoveries that will move everyone who has yearned to know more about their past.

"An Orphan in History" is a classically beautiful, inspiring story of how one man evolved from describing himself as an American Jew to an American and a Jew.

This story will inspire you to journey in search of your true self. "

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The best memoir I have ever read. Paulo Cowan, the author, knew how to write. Elegant prose, insightful without self-pity. Wonderful to read. And moving, too. Read full review

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I will finish reading this book....but, just have to note a major theme to open discussion. Cowan in his family odyssey emphasizes the riff and cultural divide at the turn of the 20th century in ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Paul Cowan was an inspiring author of several books, including The Tribes of America, The Making of an Un-American , and, with his wife, Rachel Cowan , Mixed Blessings . He died in 1988 of complications from leukemia. Rachel Cowan wrote the Afterword for the paperback edition of An Orphan in History (originally published by Doubleday).

Rabbi Rachel Cowan directs the Jewish Life Program of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she teaches and lectures extensively. Her own attachment to psalms as a resource for healing grows from her experience with her late husband Paul Cowan's struggle to find hope in the face of a fatal illness.

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