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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 …

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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 …

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Jewish Book Council reviews STUMBLING ON HISTORY

Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past Fern Schumer Chapman Gussie Rose Press  2016 54 Pages    $17.99 ISBN: 978-0996472517   Review by Teri Markson This slender book is both a memory and a memorial, a tribute and a warning, a look at what is and what was. …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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