Author Pearl Goodman presents a first-hand account of life with her parents — two people traumatized by the Holocaust. With no resources to understand how their devastating experiences may have translated into their behaviour and their child-rearing practices, they attempted to rebuild their shattered lives in Canada with a new language and a stone’s throw from the feeling of being unwanted in the Anglo Toronto of the late 50s and 60s. Ms. Goodman chronicles their stories and at the same time tell the story of the impact of their trauma upon her and her brother as she searches for her own identity. The Holocaust is not her experience and yet she embodies a feeling of dread she can’t explain as a child. She juxtaposes this backdrop with a light-hearted look at sibling rivalry, at life in Toronto, at the 60s, and particularly at how she was influenced by the images, ads and characters on American Television. “a powerfully moving book that deals with the lingering intergenerational effects of the horrific history of the holocaust..”
Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny
- From the Publisher
May 13, 2013
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