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AMS Welcomes Chicago Author Fern Schumer Chapman

AMS Welcomes Chicago Author Fern Schumer Chapman

Chicago-based author Fern Schumer Chapman met with Algonquin Middle School’s 8th grade students on January 19.

Schumer Chapman told the story of her mother Edith Westerfeld and her experiences as a Holocaust refugee.

She spoke to the students about the Holocaust and its impact on her family.

Westerfeld was one of only 1,000 children the United States permitted to enter the country during the 1930's in order to escape Nazi Germany.

Schumer Chapman, a former reporter for The Chicago Tribune and Forbes magazine, has written several books, all of which touch on her mother’s story of her Holocaust survival.

Her books include: a work of historical fiction (for middle school students), a memoir and three works of narrative non-fiction.

"We are very fortunate to welcome Fern Schumer Chapman back to our school. She has become an annual visitor here at Algonquin Middle School and each time she visits, she makes an impact on students and staff alike,” said Library Media Specialist Erin Wengerhoff.

“Ms. Schumer Chapman is a dynamic storyteller and one we are thrilled to have back with us this year.”

The event was made possible by a grant from the District 62 Education Foundation

For more information about Fern Schumer Chapman, please visit her website:


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