Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the by Monda Halpern

By Monda Halpern

through 1931, Ben and Alice Edelson have been married for 2 a long time and had seven kids, yet for years Alice were having an affair with the married Jack Horwitz. at the evening of 24 November, Ben, Alice, and Jack met at Edelson Jewellers to "settle the thing." phrases flew, a brawl erupted, and Jack was once shot and killed. The tragedy marked the beginning of a sensational felony case that captured Ottawa headlines, with the sought after jeweller dealing with the gallows.

Through a close exam of newspaper insurance, interviews with kinfolk and neighborhood participants, and evocative archival images, 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 some distance much less contempt than his adulterous spouse whose shandeh - Yiddish for disgrace or shame - appeared indefensible. whereas Alice persisted 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 a transforming into yet insular and tenuous Jewish group, and inside a dominant tradition that embraced male luck and valour throughout the emasculating 1930s.

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