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An Incredible Labor of Love

Vickie holding the recently published booklet about her mother's life and journeys from Breslau in 1921 to Sand Francisco in 2015

Vickie holding the recently published booklet about her mother’s life and journeys from Breslau in 1921 to Sand Francisco in 2015

When Vickie, Pastor Ursula Sieg and I returned to the Holstenschule in Neumünster on Thursday to revisit the students who studied the exhibit about Vickie’s mother last year, she had a very special gift for them. Each student received a copy, signed by Pastor Sieg, Vickie and me of Von Breslau bis San Francisco. It is the story of the exhibit about Vickie’s mother that they studied in depth last year.

For the students it is a wonderful souvenir of a project they worked on long and hard. These students, taught lovingly and skilfully by Wolfgang Henke, translated Mrs. Steinberg’s biography from English to German. But it is much more.

The beautiful booklet greatly expands the project’s scope.

The five tall panels of the project are beautiful. But  they require setting up and taking down. People can only see them in one place at a given time.

The booklet, however, that Pastor Ursula Sieg lovingly and skilfully compiled and produced is portable. It can easily fit into one’s computer case to read while he or she rides on the train. It contains the material of the project in a form that people can review many times. It is also a great advertisement for the exhibition.

Nothing, of course, can match the experience of actually hearing Vickie explain in person the details of her mother’s journey and the personal anecdotes she shares about her mother’s life. The booklet, though, is the next best thing.

And, while Vickie can only be in one place at a given time, the booklet can reach as many people as copies are printed.  Pastor Sieg, in her position as Director of Church-School Relations in Northern Germany, is seeing to its publication, printing and distribution. This attractive booklet insures that the lessons of Stefanie Steinberg’s life and travels will reach the hands, eyes and hearts of far more students and adults than the exhibition—wonderful as it is—ever can.

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