Ms Goodman will be speaking to the Center's book club via phone. The Center also has an active Next Generation Group, supported by adult children and grandchildren of survivors. As Survivors age, it is often left to the younger generation who ensure that their stories are not forgotten.
Children of survivors, like Ms Goodman, had childhoods that were different from that of their peers. Often, as Ms Goodman says in her book, the children embodied "a belief in catastrophe"
As she also says in the introduction to the book:
"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.
Peril…is what I embodied: the ever-threatening feeling of something terrible about to take place, the unwitting imprint of what my parents endured." Interspersed in the book are stories of her parents pre-WWII European lives, their concentration camp memories and refugee experiences in the displaced persons camps of Europe, their escape to Israel and their eventual move to Canada.
Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny has been receiving international acclaim in the US, Canada and Europe. Bookpleasures called it "a powerfully moving book that deals with the lingering intergenerational effects of the horrific history of the holocaust..."
The Jewish Tribune said it is "crafted with sensitivity and style", The Canadian Jewish News said: "a humorous memoir, ..... The book interweaves TV shows, ads, movies and other elements of the cultural landscape with her parents’ harrowing wartime experiences"
More information about the Holocaust Resource and Education Center of Florida can be found at http://www.holocaustedu.org/
More information about Pearl Goodman and Peril, can be found at http://bridgeross.com/
Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Books A Million and in Kindle and Kobo versions. It is distributed by Ingram.