Loss

Living with her past

Students have changed my mother. At school speeches, they have listened to her story of fleeing Nazi Germany at 12 all by herself. They have asked her tough questions: What did you do? Why do you blame yourself? How could you think your parents didn't love you? They have born witness and have helped her to live more comfortably with her past.

FSC presents at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock IL

Last Thursday, as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association Creative Living Series, award-winning author Fern Schumer Chapman captivated the audience with an inspiring presentation. Fern shared the emotional story of her mother, Edith Westerfeld, who painfully fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and journeyed to America as an unaccompanied minor refugee. Fern then described Edith’s return to her small German hometown in 2014 to witness the installation of a memorial ...

Germany’s Sunday of the Dead

Today is Totensonntag in Germany -- The Sunday of the Dead, a religious holiday in the German Evangelical Church dedicated to the memory of those who have passed away. Each year, a friend and her son remember my family by visiting the stolpersteine memorial stones that were installed in front of the old family home in Stockstadt am Rhein. Here is the picture she sent me today.

If you are estranged from a sibling…

Please participate in the survey for my next book. Your privacy is protected. My interest in this topic is rooted in my personal story; my older brother and I didn’t talk to each other for most of my adult life. Over time, we did reconcile, and that journey has prompted many questions. Often, I’ve wondered about the nature of these relationships and, in particular, when and how they break down, ...

WGTB’s Greg Berg interviews FSC for one hour of his Morning Show

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8-10 a.m. A one-hour radio interview on WGTB Morning Show with Greg Berg. He interviews FSC about all three of her books. The show will be archived at this link: http://www.wgtd.org/Morning_Show.asp

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.)

Germany’s Stumbling Stones: Remembering Holocaust victims

A friend produced this deeply moving documentary about the "Stolpersteine."  The Germans are installing these stones in memory of those killed in the Holocaust. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeQOuQvAi8E&feature=youtu.be I just learned that some people in my mother's town, Stockstadt am Rhein, are hoping to install "Stolpersteine" to memorialize my grandparents. I, too, will go to Germany for the installation.

How Germany memorializes victims…

A reader sent me his documentary trailer capturing the installation of stumbling stones in Germany to memorialize his family. The stones are a subject of great debate in Germany. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mYdkFizIaM&feature=youtu.be
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