Too Many Goodbyes: The Diaries of Susan Garfield
In 1944, as Budapest’s Jews begin to suffer under German occupation, eleven-year-old Susie takes to her diary. Precocious and charming, Susie records the mundane along with the poignant, describing her family, friends and her daily life against a backdrop of war and persecution. Soon, Susie’s young life is marred by farewells — to her father, forced into labour service, and then to her mother when collaborators take her away. After the war, Susie makes a fateful decision to embark on a journey to a new country. Lonely and struggling to adapt in Canada, Susie’s diary is now filled with angst. In Too Many Goodbyes, Susan’s memoir picks up the story where her younger self left it — close to finding a place where she truly belongs.
Introduction by Adara Goldberg
- At a Glance
- Siege of Budapest
- Wartime diary and postwar diary paired with postwar memoir
- War Orphans Project
- Arrived in Canada in 1948
- Adjusting to life in Canada
- Recommended Ages
*Note: If you are affiliated with an educational institution, books can be ordered free of charge. For more information click here.