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By Monda Halpern

by way of 1931, Ben and Alice Edelson have been married for 2 a long time and had seven little ones, yet for years Alice have been having an affair with the married Jack Horwitz. at the evening of 24 November, Ben, Alice, and Jack met at Edelson Jewellers to "settle the thing." phrases flew, a brawl erupted, and Jack was once shot and killed. The tragedy marked the beginning of a sensational criminal case that captured Ottawa headlines, with the favourite jeweller dealing with the gallows.

Through an in depth exam of newspaper insurance, interviews with relations and neighborhood participants, and evocative archival pictures, Monda Halpern's Alice in Shandehland reconstructs a long-silenced homicide case in Depression-era Canada. Halpern contends that regardless of his crime, Ben Edelson was once the item of a ways much less contempt than his adulterous spouse whose shandeh - Yiddish for disgrace or shame - appeared indefensible. whereas Alice persevered the censure of either the Jewish group and the court docket, Ben’s middle-class respectability and the betrayal he suffered earned him favoured status and, eventually, felony exoneration.

Revealing the tensions round ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and sophistication, Alice in Shandehland explores the divergent reputations of Ben and Alice Edelson inside of a growing to be yet insular and tenuous Jewish neighborhood, and inside a dominant tradition that embraced male luck and valour through the emasculating 1930s.

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