Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review: Stumbling on History by Fern Schumer Chapman

This is an interesting book about an art project of Stumbling Stones to help mark the lives Holocaust victims in more than 1,000 cities throughout Germany, France, Denmark, Poland, Italy, and Austria. Each Stumbling Stone cost about $133 each. It focuses on the story of Edith Westerfield, a Holocaust survivor and what she and her family endured during the Holocaust. It is written by her daughter Fern.

I really enjoyed reading how an art project has helped to create some healing to victims of the Holocaust.

I connected well with a part in this book about what Edith endured as a Jewish child in her class, with sitting alone in the corner, and being sort of bullied (or mocked) by her classmates and teacher (for me mostly the teachers). I endured that kind of thing in congregation life when I was going through one of the hardest times in my life.

I loved reading about the apologies that were offered to the Schumer's for what their family and other Jewish people went through, in which were extended through people from Germany and also some Christian people.

This is a book I can pick up again and again and find something deeper each time. It has helped me to realize that there were so many levels of hurt associated with the Holocaust, at so many different places around the world.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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