The Passing of Esther Schiff

With a heavy heart, I'm sharing the news of the passing of Esther Schiff on 1/11/2018. She is the last of of the original three subjects for A BOOK by ME. Esther wanted to have her story preserved but couldn't imagine speaking in a classroom as nightmares of the horrors she experienced were common. She wanted to be interviewed by one child instead and when our youngest son heard, Michael volunteered. He told her story with great love and she often referred to his as her "genius". Esther’s amazing husband Saul was a WWII Veteran who saw the horrors of the camps. His story was written by Joe McGovern. It’s so important to document these stories for the next generation. Saul and Esther’s names

WWII Veteran John Gualtier Book Titled "Barbed Wire Wings"

A children's book about World War II veteran John Gualtier of Vinton, Iowa has been written and illustrated by two students from the Rockridge school district in Illinois. Barbed Wire Wings is the title of the ten page children book written about John's horrific experiences during the war. He experienced hell on earth working triage as a medic on the front lines, then liberated a concentration camp after the Allies won the war. His book is part of the A BOOK by ME collection which is a program started in the Quad Cities area. The books are unique because they are written and illustrated by children for children. This program was designed to capture the stories of the WWII generation before t

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