16Nov, 2017

The Joy of Learning to Read

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My daughter wearing one of the hats I knitted for her after I learned to read American knitting patterns. I just began a new knitting project the other day--a hat for my brother--and it occurred to me that only a few years ago, I had not been able to interpret American knitting patterns. I learned to knit and crochet in [...]

10Nov, 2017

Book Companion Post: Remembering Kristallnacht in Liberec

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Today marks the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, when most of the synagogues in the German Reich were destroyed along with Jewish shops and businesses. Until I researched my Jewish family history while writing Jumping Over Shadows, I didn't know that the destruction of the synagogue in my grandparents' hometown of Reichenberg (now Liberec) was directly [...]

2Nov, 2017

Cloisonné – Beauty Below the Surface

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With all the barbarism we're facing these days (the truck-ramming terror attack in New York being the latest), I find it's good to remind ourselves of all the beauty and exquisite craftsmanship we humans can create when we're at our best and most civilized. This image got me thinking about how much richness lies beneath the surface, and how much depth [...]

23Oct, 2017

Book Companion Post: Answering Reader Questions

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Storefront in Liberec, 2016 (Sadly, I wasn't able to figure out the exact site of Guido and Resi's store.) What happened to Ludwig during the war? Was he sent to the "Front"?  Let me first answer this by quoting a passage that was cut from the book: Towards the end of 1943, Resi was not able to hold [...]

19Oct, 2017

Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land

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  Today I'm happy to share my essay "Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land," published recently in the brand-spanking new Sasson Magazine. Please head on over [...]

12Oct, 2017

Book Companion Post: Görlitz

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I received this picture of my book from a reader in Germany. Without any input from me, she chose to take it in front of the post office in Görlitz (doesn't it look like a castle?). How perfect! Görlitz is mentioned in Jumping Over Shadows as my grandparents are experiencing the end of World War II in their hometown of [...]

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