Republished, with a foreword by Josephine Loewenstein.
A Time to Love, A Time to Die was originally published in 1971, and became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It has since gone unduly forgotten. Now, this tale of life, death, love and heartache is republished, and with a foreword by Leopold Loewenstein’s daughter-in-law, Princess Josephine Loewenstein.
Prince Loewenstein had spent over 20 years of complete happiness with his wife Diana Gollancz. And then Diana was found to be fatally ill.
In this heart-rending account, Loewenstein carefully notes the progression of his wife’s disease, in this case cancer – the gradual loss of faculties, the abrupt oases of hope and contentment, the recurring awareness, for both, of what lay ahead. Diana, who died at forty-six, had been fastidious in her intellectual and artistic amusements and avocations. During her illness she would make pathetic attempts to order her darkness and pain: ‘I am like a spaceman shot into space without training. . . . I must not go off my head.’
As Diana and her husband face a “world of the Unknown,” the one gradually withdraws; the other examines his own protective mechanisms and his religious faith, and questions the rightness of one human being watching another in the agony of death.