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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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Wow! I don't know where to start... this book has been by my side for a while-- I recently finished and want more! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Melendez
Goy that I am, any book about Jews and Judaism gets my attention. Many Jewish writers have the ability to write universal humor into self-deprecating text without being... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Miller.
One of my favorite quotes is "Ma is cold, so I should wear a sweater." I found a lot of similarities with my parents and her parents. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Judy L.
I just finished reading this book and I am an emotional shamata. Hanala has managed to take me on a journey that had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Toba Abramczyk
I enjoyed the authors honesty to come forward and talk about what it's like o be the Daughter of a Holocaust survivor! It was a great book and I highly recommend it! Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Ingrid A
This book is well written, brutally honest, interspersed with humor. It took the author a lot of courage to expose her most inner self, and that it must have been very painful to... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Niskymom
My Dad was a holocaust survivor. This book has in many ways is helping me change my life. I lived in her home and she lived in my home; different, but almost the same. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by anna sudhalter
This book was great! The author takes a serious subject and manages to write a humorous book without disrespecting the serious subject matter. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by tobyjoyce