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The Year of Goodbyes

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The Year of Goodbyes

A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells

By Debbie Levy

Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781423129011, 136pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

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Description
Like other girls, Jutta Salzberg enjoyed playing with friends, going to school, and visiting relatives. In Germany in 1938, these everyday activities were dangerous for Jews. Jutta and her family tried to lead normal lives, but soon they knew they had to escape-if they could before it was too late.
Throughout 1938, Jutta had her friends and relatives fill her poesiealbum-her autograph book-with inscriptions. Her daughter, Debbie Levy, used these entries as a springboard for telling the story of the Salzberg family's last year in Germany. It was a year of change and chance, confusion and cruelty. It was a year of goodbyes.


About the Author
Debbie Levy's (www.debbielevybooks.com) article for "The Washington Post" about her mother's escape from Nazi Germany led to a reunion between Jutta and former classmates from Hamburg. Debbie wrote "The Year of Goodbyes" in consultation with her mother to reflect Jutta's voice, feelings, and thoughts as a girl. Debbie lives in Maryland.
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