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NOBODY TOLD ME ANYTHING
The first long train trip I ever took in Germany was my last. Now I see that it was a funeral procession. The mourners traveling with me were my father, my mother, and Mina, a Christian girl who lived with my family and was as dear to me as my big sister, Betty. We were burying my childhood.
The train would take us from our little town of Stockstadt am Rhein all the way to Bremen, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) away. Only once had I been so far away from home: a year earlier, my parents had borrowed our uncle’s car, and we
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Fern Schumer Chapman is the author of Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust: A Mother-Daughter Journey to Reclaim the Past, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She lives in northern Illinois.
Fern Schumer Chapman
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List
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