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Impact of the Holocaust on Children of Survivors Continues To Be Felt As Explored In New Memoir

A new book by Pearl Goodman highlights that impact as she describes growing up in Toronto in the '60s with the influence of pop culture and the trauma of her parents' experiences in the Holocaust. Something to consider for Holocaust Education Week.

Peril From Jackboots to Jack Benny
Peril From Jackboots to Jack Benny
Oct. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- The new book is entitled Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny and was described by The Canadian Jewish News as the author reconciling "her handed-down experience as a child of survivors with her experience of growing up in Toronto the good. Or, in her own words: 'The unison beat of thousands of pairs of jackboots clicking and echoing on pavement so many years before my time, and the little girl that I was, listening to the insipid whining of Jack Benny on TV.'”

This exceptionally original memoir, written with wry humor and a sharp satirical eye, juxtaposes popular culture with the jarring transitions and contradictions in the author's and her parents' lives. Striving to make sense of her emerging identity, she invokes TV shows, ads, movies, and distinctive details of the material and ideological landscape, while interweaving them with her parents’ harrowing wartime experiences of concentration and refugee camps, and the drama and uncertainty of their postwar emigration first to Israel, and then to Canada.

In her introduction, Ms Goodman states that "growing up, I couldn’t sleep at night, because I was racked with an inexplicable, primordial fear. I was often alarmed, or at the very least confused, by what my parents said and how they reacted. So I am a stickler for detail, gathering and ferreting to make sense, remembering and remembering, following tangents like a squirrel that traverses every limb of the tree".

Pearl Goodman, the author of Peril, was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she taught high school English and Dramatic Arts. She then chose to train as a psychotherapist and has now been in private practice for the past ten years. Words and the human condition have always been her passions. Peril is her first published work.

For more information on this book, please visit http://www.bridgeross.com/peril.html

In a five star review on Amazon the reviewer ended by stating "this is one story that I am truly honored to have been asked to read and review."

Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny, ISBN 978-0-9878244-6-2, 300 Pages, distributed by Ingram and available from Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, Barnes and Noble, and in Kindle and Kobo versions.

Information on other Bridgeross titles can be found at http://www.bridgeross.com


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