Prisoner of Her Past: A Son's Memoir

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Northwestern University Press, Sep 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 202 pages
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Until February 15, 2001, Howard Reichís mother, Sonia, had managed to keep from her son almost everything about her experience of the Holocaust. That night, she packed some clothes and fled her house in Skokie, Illinois, convinced that someone was trying to kill her. This was the first indication that she was suffering from late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition more often associated with veterans returning from combat or others not far removed from traumatic events. For Howard, it was also the opening of a window onto his motherís past.

In Prisoner of Her Past, Howard Reich has written a moving memoir about growing up as the child of Holocaust survivors and finding refuge from silence and fear in the world of jazz. It is only when Soniaís memories overwhelm her and Howard begins to piece together her story that he comes to understand how his parentsí lives shaped his own.
  

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Contents

Chapter Two Skokie Blues
19
Chapter Three Swing Time
45
Chapter Four The Past Returns
69
Chapter Five Chasing the Story
95
Chapter Six A Glimpse into the Dark
125
Chapter Seven What Happened in Dubno
147
Chapter Eight Heading Home
177
A Guide to Resources
193
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About the author (2011)

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Howard Reich has been an award-winning Chicago Tribune arts critic and writer since 1983. He is also a correspondent for DownBeat magazine. In addition to covering jazz, blues, gospel, and world music for the Tribune, he has authored several investigative reports that have been featured on ABCís Nightline and various National Public Radio programs. He is the author of three other books: The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Sonís Memoir (2006); Jellyís Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton (2003), written with William Gaines; and Van Cliburn (1993). He most recently wrote, produced, and narrated a documentary film about his motherís unspoken Holocaust childhood, Prisoner of Her Past. Reich graduated from Northwestern Universityís School of Music.

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