By Monda Halpern
Through an in depth exam of newspaper assurance, interviews with kinfolk and neighborhood individuals, 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 used to be the item of a long way 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 docket, 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 of a turning out to be yet insular and tenuous Jewish neighborhood, and inside of a dominant tradition that embraced male luck and valour in the course of 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