Deborah Feldman | Srivideo
Born/Date of Birth: 17 August 1986
Place of Birth: Williamsburg, New York, United States
Education: Sarah Lawrence College
Record label: AUDIOBUCH
Movies: #Female Pleasure
Albums: Unorthodox (Gekürzte Lesung)
Deborah Feldman (born 17 August 1986) is an American-German writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. She is known for her 2012 autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.
Feldman grew up as a member of the Hasidic Satmar group in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. She was raised by her grandparents, since her mother had left the group, and her mentally impaired father wasn't able to raise her on his own. Her first language was Yiddish, and the use of English was frowned upon within the community. Already as a child, Feldman was in conflict with the strict rules of her community. She entered an arranged marriage at the age of 17, and became a mother at the age of 19. In 2006, she moved with her husband out of Williamsburg, and began to study literature at the Sarah Lawrence College. In 2009, she took her son, left her husband, and cut ties with the community. She started blogging, and in 2012, she published her autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, which became a best-seller. In 2014, Feldman moved to Berlin in Germany, where she settled in the Neukölln district, and continued to work as a writer. Her books were translated into German and well received by German critics, which led to her appearing on various talk shows on German TV.
Feldman is featured in the 2018 Swiss-German documentary #Female Pleasure. The 2020 Netflix original miniseries Unorthodox is loosely based on Feldman's autobiography.
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