by Lois Martin

“The damage done has never left me.”

While visiting my 97-year-old mother at the Jewish nursing home, I picked up a copy of your magazine. On seeing the article about relationship abuse [“Misery Beyond the Mezzuzah” by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Summer 2005], all the memories of my childhood came flooding back. My father was considered a pillar of our community despite being a public alcoholic. He was at times a good father but most times horrible to live with. Lie tormented my mother and me, saying he would put us in a mental hospital for disagreeing with him.

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