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By Brenda Wineapple

A Legacy is the story of 2 very diversified households, the Merzes and the Feldens. The Jewish Merzes are longstanding contributors of Berlin’s haute bourgeoisie who count number a chum of Goethe between their uncommon ancestors. now not that this proud legacy skill a lot of something to them anymore. safe of their large city condo, they commit themselves to little greater than having fun with their comforts and making sure their wealth. The Feldens are landed aristocracy, prosperous yet no longer wealthy, from Germany’s Catholic south. After Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the 2 households should be unusually, certainly fatally, entwined. 

Set through the run-up to global conflict I, a time of weirdly mingled complacency and angst, A Legacy is fascinating, magnificently humorous, and profound, an unforgettable photograph of a doomed method of life.

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