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Surviving her parents

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-12

My parents went...

My parents went...

It's not often you see books that deal with the Holocaust in a frank and humourous way, but that's exactly what S. Hanala Stadner has attempted My Parents Went Through the Holocaust and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt.

Stadner guides us through her life starting from Montreal where she was born Hanna Stadtwojner and going to Hollywood as quickly as she could to leave her parents.

The book itself is the stuff that could make a independent Hollywood movie itself. You just couldn't make this stuff up and if you wanted to, then Stadner's story is one to base it on.

She presents life as a child of Holocaust survivors in a very irreverent way.  We discover that when most kids were being read The Cat in the Hat, for her it was The Aunt in the Camp.

It's frank stuff all the way, no stone unturned.

The book is peppered with anecdotes of growing up to the present day. From getting to Hollywood and scoring drugs, having sex and over eating and drinking, Stadner is one Jewess who has done it all on a personal level or also seemingly on a career level.

Stadner is also known as Suzan Stadner, dropping her Jewish first name and going for something a bit less Jewish. As Suzan Stadner she was well known as a TV personality and During the 1980s, she appeared in a number of films including Return of the Living Dead Part II and Ruthless People where she appeared in both films as an aerobics instructor.

Her writing and story telling is compelling.  She mixes her life with a good sense of humour that has helped her overcome all her downs in life and shows how she bounced back with vigor and confidence.

A brave book to write and thankfully one that has been published which can now be shared with a wider audience.

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