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The first and final nightmare of Sonia Reich : a son's memoir

Author: Howard Reich
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"On the evening of February 15, 2001, Sonia Reich, Howard Reich's mother, packed some clothes into two brown shopping bags, put on her gray winter coat, locked the door to her home in Skokie, Illinois, and fled.

Someone was trying to kill her, "to put a bullet in my head." Sonia told anyone who would listen."

"Polish and Jewish, Sonia Reich had survived the Holocaust by always staying on the run.

She and Howard's father, Robert, also a Holocaust survivor, had fled to America, moved to Chicago, and raised their young son to tell no one that they were Jewish. It was only after moving to Skokie, a town filled with Holocaust survivors, that his family would live as Jews.

Still, his parents told Howard almost nothing about their past."

"The First and Final Nightmare ... is Reich's memoir of growing up in Skokie and discovering an odd and personal American freedom in jazz.

It's also a riveting, revealing investigation into his family's past and the nature of his mother's illness, called late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about which there is too little knowledge and too little medical literature.

Although PTSD is often thought of as an illness afflicting veterans coming home from war or other immediate trauma survivors, Reich learned that it can hit the unfortunate decades later."--Jacket.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sonia Reich; Sonia Reich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Reich
ISBN: 1586483625 9781586483623
OCLC Number: 65425958
Description: xiii, 200 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Leaving Germantown --
Skokie blues --
Swing time --
The past returns --
Chasing the story --
A glimpse into the dark --
What happened at Dubno --
Heading home.
Responsibility: Howard Reich.
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Takes us on a son's journey to understand his mother's illness, and uncovers the secrets of her past, and a little-known phenomenon called late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a story  Read more...

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