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When grandpa was a monster

Descendants of Nazis delve into past to try to understand By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/When-grandpa-was-a-monster-1380108.php#ixzz1Op8zGYs9 BERLIN -- Rainer Hoess was 12 years old when he found out his grandfather was one of the worst mass murderers in history. The gardener at his boarding school, an Auschwitz survivor, beat him black and blue after hearing he was the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of the death camp synonymous with ...

Saturday, May 14th Chicago Tribune Chicagoland section reports on Edith and Gerda's reconnection

Naperville students reconnect women who fled Nazis in 1938 Girls struck up friendship on Germany-U.S. trip but lost touch for 73 years By Mick Swasko, Tribune Reporter It was a brief email that rekindled an equally short childhood friendship 73 years ago. "I have thought of you often and am so thankful that you found me," Gerda "Gertie" Frumkin wrote from Seattle on April 28. "Can't wait until we speak ...

Madison Junior High School students find Gerda Katz, Edith's ship friend

Madison Junior High School Learning Center in Naperville, IL where FSC presented her mother's story to students Letter from Madison Junior High School history teacher, Catie O'Boyle: Mrs. Chapman, My name is Catie O'Boyle. I am a history teacher at Madison Junior High School in Naperville. You came to visit our school a few weeks ago. My students and I were so moved by your mother's story that we decided ...

More news stories about 'Mutterland' in German classrooms

The memories keep you awake Berce Kahraman (foreground) and classmates carry copies of 'Mutterland' -- a gift from the German Society to Preserve Jewish Culture to Russelsheim schools 03.03.2011 - RÜSSELSHEIM Von Tobias Riedl The German Foundation to Preserve Jewish Culture brings the story of Holocaust survivors to schools "It is important to us to introduce the Holocaust in Rüsselsheims' schools to get people talking," says Dr. Bärbel Maul, a ...

"Other" in two countries

Edith's German school picture From the German publisher of Mutterland: Dear Fern and Edith, Can write us some sentences for the students and children who are able to read your book, maybe some experiences or impressions after your readings with children and young people in America and in Germany? As child, my mother, Edith Westerfeld, was labeled as "other" in two countries. In Germany, she was identified as inferior and ...

A Tarkington (TX) Middle School student asks…

Tarkington Middle School, Tarkington, Texas After a two-day visit to schools in Texas, I received this question from a student: Dear Mrs. Chapman, You wouldn't believe I figured out I have German in me, but also some Jewish, like you!! I attend Tarkington Middle School and I'm 12 years old. I asked my mother if we could order Is It Night or Day?, but she said "no," but today, February ...

Where Mina once lived…

Theater in renovated barn on Mina's property on a wintry day Readers of Motherland might be curious to see this photo. Mina's son, Juergen, now lives in Mina's house and he has made dramatic changes to the property. He renovated the dilapidated house and converted the vacant barn into a theater. During the 1950s and 1960s, Mina ran a sanitarium in the barn, offering patients the fresh air and pastoral ...

The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum presents the 1,000 children

The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the first to include information on the One Thousand Children. Here is some of the museum's content: Telegram that states that Charlotte Dreyfuss and Heinz (Henry) Birnbrey are in the United States and en route to Atlanta. Like the Kindertransport, the intent of the One Thousand Children effort was to help Jewish children leave Nazi occupied areas. ...

'Association Donates Books' (Translated German newspaper article below)

Gross-Gerau, Germany GROSS-GERAU - Tenth grade pupils of the Martin-Buber School received copies of the book Mutterland (Motherland). The set for the whole class was donated by the German Association to Preserve Jewish History and Culture on a project day on inter-religious dialogue. Mutterland, whose author was named Illinois Author of the Year in 2004 for the work, tells the story of a Jewish girl, born and raised in Stockstadt, ...
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