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My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy Tshirt Hardcover – April 1, 2006

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About the Author

Hanala Suzan Stadner is a popular TV personality, workshop leader, substance abuse counselor, actress, artist, comedienne and fitness instructor. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Matter Inc.; 1st edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931643768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931643764
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hanala Sagal (Stadner), the Daughter of Holocaust Survivors, coined the phrase "traumedy" with her best-selling autobiography in 2006. She became a celebrity life coach and entertainer with 80 million viewers. Hanala is a Co-Executive Producer and Screenwriter of Kevin Spacey's "Elvis & Nixon" (2015). Her artwork and critically-acclaimed book are featured in "The Last Laugh" with Mel Brooks and in the Simon Wiesenthal Center Library.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rosenberg on August 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a child of Holocaust survivors, I have read almost every book and publication that there is to read on the subject in addition to every movie made about the Holocaust. "My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy Tshirt" was THE book that hit deepest into my gut. I could personally relate to the insanity growing up and the amount of humor it took to get through it. I highly recommend this book, not only to children of Holocaust survivors, but to anyone that appreciates a book portraying a very unique Hanala with a range of emotions that goes off the scale on all sides.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Yake on August 8, 2006
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This book strikes an amazing balance between humor(it is incredibly funny)and uncomfortable truth. Example: On page 267, the author and her mother are talking about those two trapped whales from 10 years ago--"'Hanala, look at dis! To save two vales, da whole world comes. But to save six million Jews, nobody came.' I put down my danish. 'Sure Ma. The world likes whales.'" That is a truly sad but incredibly insightful comment. I think the author has a fantastic sense of humor, and I think she should have her own national TV show; I know I'd watch!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annie L. Stephens on August 3, 2006
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I laughed, I commiserated, I cried. Ms. Stadner captured the angst so many of us have and continue experiencing, regardless of our ethnicity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I pray Ms. Stadner and Hildy live a long, happy, prosperous life together.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lila Hanft on January 29, 2008
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At first, it's hard to know what to make of Hanala Stadner, author of the My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I got Was This Lousy T-Shirt. Does she realize the title of her book is offensive to some people? Is she as superficial as her celebrity photos suggest? Is she making fun of Holocaust survivors?

I discovered the answers to those questions when I interviewed the personable, glamorous 51-year-old Stadner in a booth at the back of Corky and Lenny's last week, shortly before her booksigning at Barnes and Noble.

The answers are, respectively: yes, she realizes the title offends some people; no, she's not the walking Barbie doll she appears to be; and no, she is not making a joke at the expense of Holocaust survivors.

Beneath her polished surface, Stadner is a puzzle whose parts don't always seem to fit together. She's a popular L.A. fitness instructor, a television personality, a former alcoholic and drug abuser who has been sober more than 20 years, a chemical dependency counselor, a comedic writer, and a popular speaker on second generation Holocaust survivor lecture circuit. As Suzan Stadner, she hosted a popular long-running cable-access show which attracted a celebrity audience that included Marlon Brando.

Then (just to confuse things) she changed her name from Suzan to Hanala, the diminutive of her middle name, Hannah. Stadner's mother named her Hannah in honor of a sister (Stadner's aunt) who died in the Holocaust, along with most of Stadner's relatives.

The pieces fall into place when you hear Stadner speak or you read her book -- and the key to the entire puzzle lies in her childhood as a second generation survivor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malka Eisenberg on June 30, 2006
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My Parents went through the Holocaust and all I got was this lousy t shirt by S HANALA STADNER is one of the most poignant books I have read on this topic.

I too am a child of survivors and as all second generation children was greatly affected by the tragedy that befell my family in particular and the Jewish people as a whole. All my life I have devoured every book written by survivors, by their children and by historians. Never has someone presented this topic in the manner Ms. Stadner has. Her astute observations, her facility as a raconteur, her psychological insight, and her brilliant sense of humour is masterful.

My heart is filled with empathy and compassion for the suffering she endured. My mind is filled with admiration and respect for the struggles she overcame. She is indeed a survivor.

Malka Eisenberg,Psychotherapist
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Breckenridge on May 11, 2006
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I have read "My Parents Went Through the Holocaust..." twice now. I had to read it the second time just to savour the clever plays on words and situations. An example: Hanala calls her story a "traumedy," which to me is perfectly descriptive of this book, trauma seen through a comedic lens. Also, I found wisdom in her stories, never preachy but coming through as a strong subtext. I really liked this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jody Cohan on June 29, 2006
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Don't let the title of this book offend you, or scare you away. Once you read My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt, it will make perfect sense. The book is historical AND hysterical --in both senses of the word. One moment you are laughing out loud, the next bent over as if you had just been punched in the stomach. Hanala's storytelling is powerful and poignant, and her plays on words and command of language are truly entertaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rose on March 6, 2007
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I absolutely loved this book. I can't stop thinking about it. I love the author's writing style, her humor, her unbelievable honesty, and her sweet nature. I related to this book in so many ways and I also found so much comfort in it. Besides just enjoying this book so much, I was so surprised at how much I learned about my parents and it triggered many memories and things I haven't thought about in many years. I read this story and found myself in tears at times, and laughing out loud at other times. I haven't read a book this fast in ages. I hated to have it end. What an adventure! I highly recommend this read to all people of all ethnicities. This is a story of hope, love, and recovery.
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