Trauma

The Curiosity Hour interviews FSC

https://soundcloud.com/thecuriosityhourpodcast/s10-e189-fern_schumer_chapman

Therapy for Real Life podcast interviews FSC

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brothers-sisters-strangers-sibling-estrangement-road/id1450323695?i=1000524482277

Join us tonight for the virtual book launch of Brothers, Sisters, Strangers!

VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH Join me this evening at a virtual launch for my new book, π˜½π™§π™€π™©π™π™šπ™§π™¨, π™Žπ™žπ™¨π™©π™šπ™§π™¨, π™Žπ™©π™§π™–π™£π™œπ™šπ™§π™¨: π™Žπ™žπ™—π™‘π™žπ™£π™œ π™€π™¨π™©π™§π™–π™£π™œπ™šπ™’π™šπ™£π™© 𝙖𝙣𝙙 π™©π™π™š 𝙍𝙀𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙀 π™π™šπ™˜π™€π™£π™˜π™žπ™‘π™žπ™–π™©π™žπ™€π™£, hosted by Barbara's Bookstore. Dr. Ramani, a YouTube sensation and expert in toxic relationships, will interview me today 6 to 7 pm (CDT). We will discuss my decades-long estrangement from my only brother and the peace he and I have experienced as a result of ...

Brothers, Sisters, Strangers – Now available for pre-order!

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brothers-sisters-strangers-fern-schumer-chapman/1137365007?ean=9780525561699

Tips to help children understand a socially distant holiday

When people who love each other can’t be together, it’s heartbreaking. And when a child is too young to understand a prolonged cut-off from a beloved relative or friend, everyone hurts.However, the pandemic -- particularly the upcoming holidays -- actually is an opportunity to speak frankly with your young children about the big emotions they feel. Consider the following points as you help young children manage their emotional reactions and ...

School visits 2020

It's that time of the year... Eighth-graders learn about the Holocaust in the spring, and I find myself hopping from school to school. Yesterday, my mother and I spoke at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, IL. We have had the privilege of presenting to Hubble students for the last three years. Thanks to librarian Kristin Diaz for her determination in educating students on this important topic.

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 ...

New and Topical: THREE STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY

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 American, she never stops longing to be reunited with her family. Three Stars in the ...
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