Fern Schumer Chapman

Exhibit features 1941 letter from Gerda Katz’s family in Dominican Republic

My mother’s best friend from the ship, Gerda Katz, had saved over 170 letters from her family, who had escaped Nazi Germany to the Dominican Republic in the 1930s. (I included a few of these letters in my book, THREE STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY.) Gerda, who also fled Germany as a 12-year-old unaccompanied minor, …

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Love hearing from students!

Just received this beautiful thank-you note from Chatham High School students in Chatham, NY. After they read STUMBLING ON HISTORY, I SKYPED with them last month. They showed me their projects of atonement for our national crimes. Very moving!

Association of Jewish Libraries reviews THREE STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY

Chapman, Fern Schumer. Three Stars in the Night Sky: A Refugee Family’s Odyssey of Separation and Reunion. Illus. by Tom Greensfelder. Lake Bluff: Gussie Rose Press, 2018. 54 pp. $17.99. (9780996472548). Gr. 7-12. The author shares the biography of Gerda Katz, who fled Nazi Germany at the age of 12 and came to America by herself. Like the …

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