Facing the Past


Through text and graphics, this Junior Library Guild selection chronicles the author and her mother’s return to Germany for the installation of a memorial for their family.

About the Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection. Paperback ISBN: 979-8-9872597-6-4

Facing the Past: A Public Memorial Compels a Small German Town to Confront Its History – Edith Westerfeld, an 89-year-old Holocaust refugee, wonders if the memory of the Nazis murdering her parents, along with millions if other victims, will outlive the survivors. Now – 76 years after Edith’s parents saved their daughter’s life by sending her, alone and terrified, to America – she returns to the small German town where her family had lived for hundreds of years. Invited to witness the installation of a memorial to her family – part of an effort throughout Europe to confront the genocide of World War II – she experiences how art is helping today’s generation face and atone for crimes of the past.

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  • The Junior Library Guild has selected Facing the Past as an August 2017 title.

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