She will be giving two presentations at this year’s Holocaust Education Week in Toronto. On Monday, November 4, she will be at the Barbara Frum Branch of the Toronto Public Library to talk about The Post-Holocaust Story: The Impact on the Second Generation. The presentation begins at 1:30 and reservations can be made by calling 416–395–5440.
On November 7, Ms Goodman will be giving a presentation entitled, Does a Second Generation Syndrome Exist? That will be at the Beth Lida Forest Hill Congregation at 7:30. Contact: 416–489–2550. See http://holocaustcentre.com/
On November 14 and not part of Holocaust Education Week, Ms Goodman will be speaking to the Sisterhood at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Toronto. In early 2014, Ms Goodman will be talking to the Seniors Group at Holy Blossom Temple, also in Toronto.
Andy Marcus posted on Facebook this glowing comment:
"Hey everybody - this is Pearl Goodman. I don't know her personally, but she wrote a book called "Peril: From Jackboots To Jack Benny." There has been alot (sic) written about the Holocaust - where 1/3 of the world's Jews were killed. But this book is very different. If you've ever wondered how people, brutalized and starved close to death walked out of those camps and moved on with their lives - this book explains it. That's what her parents did. What distinguishes this from others on this subject, is that the author explains how it feels. How her survivor parents felt. And how she and her brother felt. She is empathetic toward her parents when they behaved in ways that seemed odd to others, but were completely rational, given what they went through. It is written with love, empathy and respect for herself, for her family and, ultimately, the Jewish people. And, given the subject, I don't know quite how she did, it, but there are times when it's even funny. This is a must read. Go buy it on Amazon!"
Peril has been described in reviews as:
"a thought provoking memoir" (the Jewish Tribune),
As a having "an ambience that sits in the memory, long after it has been read and laid aside" (bookpleasures.com)
As "a culturally informative and emotionally moving story"..... "Far More Than 'Coming of Age': Holocaust and Love" (Amazon) And
as "a powerfully moving book that deals with the lingering intergenerational effects of the horrific history of the holocaust.."
David Schatzky, psychotherapist and former CBC broadcaster had this to say about the book:
"She's accomplished something I wish I could have done: written a very personal memoir of her life growing up Jewish in Toronto.
Peril details the culture of the time, and is most affecting when she tells us about her complicated and perilous relationship with her Holocaust survivor mother and father and their harrowing traumatic experiences.
Whether you recognize familiar Toronto landmarks from her youth, recall television shows and music from back-in-the-
Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny