Carol Osterling recommends Harry Bernstein’s memoir, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers. At age 93, the author recalls growing up in small-town Manchester, England, on a street divided by an invisible wall of prejudice and misunderstanding.
In the early 20th century, the Bernsteins and other Jewish families had migrated to England from Poland and Russia to escape persecution. The street where the Jewish immigrants lived was only half theirs. Christians lived on one side, Jews on the other.
The invisible barriers were real on both sides, but they would be tested by a Romeo and Juliet drama that gradually unfolded between Mr. Berstein’s older sister and a Christian boy.
Carol shares that she read this story a few years back, but she learned a lot about that time and the social divide of anti-semitism. As the book title indicates, though, love can overcome barriers.
This book is available at the Saline District Library and from most booksellers.