Droozy was sent to boarding school at age nine. This was a Jewish Day School since Jewish children were not permitted to attend the local public schools any more in Germany.

          The town of Niederstetten was about three hours away from the child’s family. Droozy was very lonely there, especially since she had to leave her parents and little brother behind. Sister Fanny was also in Niederstetten but she was several years older than Droozy and therefore preferred her own friends. Droozy was forced to sleep alone in a huge bed in the Stern household, while Fanny slept in a room with another young girl, Lilly. After one night of this, Droozy could stand it no more. She sobbed and sobbed uncontrollably and was finally locked into her room, while Lilly and Fanny went strawberry picking with their boarding parents. That night Droozy lay in bed and suddenly was overcome by a choking sensation, an inability to swallow. Soon she felt as if she could no longer breathe. When she cried out Mrs. Stern came rushing into the bedroom and decided that Droozy would share the room with the other two girls. The twin beds of Fanny and Lilly were pushed together and Droozy slept in the hollow in the middle. The choking sensation disappeared, but was soon replaced by a scolding from sister Fanny:  “You nasty brat, even here you had to follow me and spoil my fun.” The grating shrill voice of sister was like music to Droozy’s lonely heart, and she exhaustedly fell asleep.

The next day Fanny guided Droozy to the school principal to tell him that Droozy wanted to be sent home at once because of her intense loneliness. The principal comforted her and advised that there was no need to be lonely, as all of the students of the boarding school were being sent to a Fair, at which the School would be competing with other schools in races and games. This sounded very exciting and temporarily Droozy rejoiced. At least she would have the opportunity to ride with Fanny on the train to Stuttgart where the competition was to take place.

When the children arrived at their destination, they were separated and placed with various families who were to be hosts for the three day Fair period. Although Droozy repeatedly telephoned sister Fanny, she eventually got used to her temporary quarters, since Susie, the hostess’ child, shared a room with her and talked with her for hours.

At the Fair Droozy ran many races, hopped in a sack with her feet tied and ate nineteen bananas within a few minutes, becoming the banana eating champion of the day. The three days passed quickly and it was time to return to boarding school. Droozy waved farewell to her newly found friend and ascended the train which was headed for Niederstetten. The train was to pass through various small towns along the way, one of them being Droozy’s. When it slowed down in Crailsheim, Droozy hurriedly jumped off, leaving her suitcase behind. She ran all the way to her parents home. What a happy sight it was to see her parents and her brother again, never to return to the boarding school again!

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Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
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