By Monda Halpern
Through a close exam of newspaper assurance, interviews with kinfolk and neighborhood contributors, and evocative archival photos, Monda Halpern's Alice in Shandehland reconstructs a long-silenced homicide case in Depression-era Canada. Halpern contends that regardless of his crime, Ben Edelson was once the article of some distance much less contempt than his adulterous spouse whose shandeh - Yiddish for disgrace or shame - appeared indefensible. whereas Alice persevered the censure of either the Jewish neighborhood and the court, Ben’s middle-class respectability and the betrayal he suffered earned him favoured status and, finally, felony exoneration.
Revealing the tensions round ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and sophistication, Alice in Shandehland explores the divergent reputations of Ben and Alice Edelson inside a starting to be yet insular and tenuous Jewish neighborhood, and inside of a dominant tradition that embraced male good fortune and valour through the emasculating 1930s.
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Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case (McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History) by Monda Halpern