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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Matter Inc.; 1st edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931643768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931643764
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I pray Ms. Stadner and Hildy live a long, happy, prosperous life together.
Annie L. Stephens
It left her with a great sense of humor and creative writing style that pulls in the reader.
D.J. Davis
While reading one chapter I would be in tears and in the next laughing hysterically.
Stephanie Holaday

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24 of 25 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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17 of 18 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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11 of 11 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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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 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Holaday on November 9, 2006
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I had heard some of the hype regarding the book, then was fortunate enough to meet the author at a holiday party that we both attended as guests. After talking to the author I was more determined to purchase the book when it was released. I'm glad I did. Although I did have a little bit of trouble with the format of the book at the beginning, once I got into it, there was no putting it down. It is full of so many different emotions. While reading one chapter I would be in tears and in the next laughing hysterically. Knowing it is a true story makes it all better. Some of the material is disturbing (at least to me), but it's life. I've recommended the book to friends and family.
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