Fern Schumer Chapman


At the age of 12, Gerda Katz fled Nazi Germany and came to America all by herself. Decades before the label gained recognition, she became what’s now know as an “unaccompanied minor.” Gerda’s story of family separation reflects the dislocating trauma, culture shock, and excruciating loneliness many unaccompanied minor immigrants experience. As Gerda becomes an …

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New WGN-Radio studios

Here’s what you don’t see when you listen to the radio — the view from the new WGN-radio studios on Wacker Drive in Chicago. I was on Rick Kogan’s “After Hours” show last night. I’ll post the link to the podcast soon.

Thank you, Laura Bush!

We, the children of Holocaust survivors and refugees, know all too well the lifelong, psychological devastation of a child’s early separation from his or her parents.   https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/06/18/it-is-immoral-former-first-lady-laura-bush-criticizes-the-separation-of-migrant-children-from-their-parents/23461456/

Message in a Box

On one of our visits to Germany, a woman my mother hardly remembered asked that we visit her in a nursing home. My mother wasn’t interested, but the woman insisted, saying she had something for us. Finally, we stopped by her home, and she presented Mom with this box. “Before your mother was forced to …

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