by Daniel Belasco

The Troubling Passion of Simone Weil

How we judge this prodigal daughter 

In 1942, most Jews would have been thankful to have made it out of France alive. But not 33-year-old Simone Weil. Arriving with her affluent family in New York City the same month that Anne Frank went into hiding in Amsterdam, Weil found living on the Upper West Side excruciating. She felt torn from her roots and ashamed of her act of desertion.

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