Alice in Shandehland : scandal and scorn in the Edelson/Horowitz murder case / Monda Halpern.
- Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.
- McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two 37.
McGill-Queen's studies in ethnic history. Series two ; 37
xiv, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
- Edelson, Ben -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Horwitz, Jack, -1931 -- Death and burial.
Trials (Murder) -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
Adultery -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
Sex scandals -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
Jews -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
Jewelers -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Case studies.
- By 1931, Ben and Alice Edelson had been married for two decades and had seven children, but for years Alice had been having an affair with the married Jack Horwitz. On the night of 24 November, Ben, Alice, and Jack met at Edelson Jewellers to settle the thing. Words flew, a brawl erupted, and Jack was shot and killed. The tragedy marked the start of a sensational legal case that captured Ottawa headlines, with the prominent jeweller facing the gallows. Through a detailed examination of newspaper coverage, interviews with family and community members, and evocative archival photographs, Monda Halpern's Alice in Shandehland reconstructs a long-silenced murder case in Depression-era Canada. Halpern contends that despite his crime, Ben Edelson was the object of far less contempt than his adulterous wife whose shandeh - Yiddish for shame or disgrace - seemed indefensible. While Alice endured the censure of both the Jewish community and the courtroom, Ben's middle-class respectability and the betrayal he suffered earned him favoured standing and, ultimately, legal exoneration. Revealing the tensions around ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and class, Alice in Shandehland explores the divergent reputations of Ben and Alice Edelson within a growing but insular and tenuous Jewish community, and within a dominant culture that embraced male success and valour during the emasculating 1930s.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1891 Department of Arts Fund.
- Class of 1891 Department of Arts Fund.
- Other format:
- Halpern, Monda M., 1963-, author. Alice in Shandehland.
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