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Booking school visits for 2013-2014 now!

My mother, who is the subject of my books and a Holocaust refugee, often accompanies me on school visits.  (This photo was taken at Morton West High School in Cicero, Illinois.)

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Yom Hashoah author event in Highland Park North Suburban Synagogue Beth El presents a special Yom Hashoah author program at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 7. Fern Schumer Chapman will take attendees along on her mother's journey as one of the 1,200 children rescued from Nazi Germany and brought to Chicago as part of the One Thousand Children project. The program is open to the community and free of charge. Breakfast ...

Edith and Gerda: Together Again in Seattle

Gerda and Edith, summer 2012. The two friends hadn't seen each other since 1938. After leaving their families in Nazi Germany, Holocaust refugees Edith Westerfeld and Gerda Katz, who were only 12 years old at the time, met on the ship that brought them to America. They became best friends, but lost touch with each other after they arrived in New York in 1938. They were reunited last summer, 73 ...

Naperville students surprised by Holocaust survivors they reunited

A group of Naperville students got the surprise of a lifetime last week when two women they reunited earlier this spring showed up at Madison Junior High School. Edith Westerfeld and Gerda Katz met aboard a ship called the Deutschland more than 73 years ago as they were sent to America by their parents to escape the Nazis. As young girls traveling alone, they quickly bonded and became best friends ...

Madison Junior High School teacher Catie O’Boyle’s comments at Friday’s event

Madison Junior High School teacher Catie O’Boyle’s comments at Friday’s event By fern On May 16, 2011 · Leave a Comment Madison JHS welcomes Edith To follow all of the events leading up to the reunion, please visit http://literactivity.com/reunion/

Edith answers questions at Madison Junior High School

Edith answers questions at Madison Junior High School By fern On May 16, 2011 · Leave a Comment Edith answers questions at Madison JHS
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