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Another sneak peek at my new book!

  Here's another look at a spread from my NEW narrative non-fiction book for upper elementary and middle school students, "LIKE FINDING MY TWIN: How an Eighth Grade Class Reunited Two Holocaust Refugees." This is in the beginning section of the book, which focuses on the friendship between Gerda and Edith. Copies will be available in June. I'll post more spreads in coming weeks. You can reserve a copy now ...

Germans install Stumbling Stones to memorialize my grandparents

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Juergen’s find!

My friend, Jürgen Flügge (Mina's son), just found an old suitcase full of postcards and letters from my mother, Edith, to her dear German friend, Mina. This is the first postcard 12-year-old Edith sent to 19-year-old Mina from the ship, the Deutschland, in March 1938! Here is what Edith wrote: My dear Mina, I don't have much time. They are calling me. Just wanted to send you heartfelt greetings and ...

Stockstadt mayor makes the case for Stumbling Stones

      Here is part of what the mayor, who expected a fight, told the Community Council this week:       Stockstadt am Rhine had a relatively small Jewish community,  composed mainly of Westerfeld, Kahn, and Gutjahr families. The survivors and descendants of the Westerfelds have explicitly expressed interest and agreed to the stumbling blocks. The story of this family is well known, in part because of the ...

Stockstadt decides to lay stumbling stones to memorilize my grandparents

Here is part of the article that ran in the German newspaper, RIED ECHO, on September 12, 2013:   MUNICIPALITY PARLIAMENT Stockstädter decides to lay stumbling blocks against forgetting STOCKSTADT. The Community Council decided Tuesday that Stumbling Stones will be laid in memory of those deported during the Nazi regimes. Bürgermeister Thomas Ra Herschel (CDU) had expected a controversial discussion in April, but his the Council voted in unity. No ...

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

NPR: Stumbling upon memorials to Nazi victims

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/31/153943491/stumbling-upon-miniature-memorials-to-nazi-victims?sc=tw&cc=share

Too Much Holocaust Education?

Dan Fleshler Huffington Post, March 7, 2012 On a bitterly cold day during a recent visit to Berlin, I stood in front of a modest, unfinished, yellow brick wall on the grounds of the Löcknitz-Grundschule, a primary school in the city's "Bayerische Viertel" (Bavarian Quarter). Children were shouting and scampering around on a nearby playground. Next to me, even though she had visited this wall many times, Gudrun Blankenburg had ...

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 ...
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