The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich: A Son's Memoir
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 staying always 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 moving and bittersweet memoir of growing up in Skokie, discovering an odd and personal American freedom in jazz, and his riveting, revealing investigation into his family's past and the nature of his mother's illness, called late-onset Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a poignant story of a mother and a son, a haunted past, and the irony of what may happen when that often repeated admonition to "never forget" becomes a curse.
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Review: The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia ReichUser Review - Jillian Goldberg - Goodreads
This is a wonderfully written memoir by the son of a Holocaust survivor. Deeply compassionate and loving, it highlights the little known syndrome of late onset of PTSD; in survivors, it can first ... Read full review
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I never fully realized that the murders of millions of Jews during the Holocaust was really only half of the horror. What the survivors and people of Eastern Europe saw and experienced ruined their lives. Read full review
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