departure from haredi life
includes the account of a Satmar
man’s suspicious death.
‘Unorthodox’ Author’s Claim Of Cover-up Is Countered
Coroner’s report lists 20-year-old’s death in Kiryas Joel as suicide, not murder.
Hella Winston Jewish Week Tuesday, February 21, 2012
With allegations of communal cover-ups involving child sexual abuse dogging the haredi community over the past several years, it may not be much of a stretch for some readers to believe a gruesome story that appears in a new memoir about growing up in, and leaving, the Satmar community.
The story, recounted by Deborah Feldman in “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” (Simon and Schuster), involves the alleged mutilation and murder of a boy by his own father — supposedly for masturbating — and the subsequent cover-up of the crime by Hatzolah, the community’s volunteer ambulance service. READ MORE