Ten years after the publication of her original memoir, "Good Neighbors, Bad Times," Schwartz received a letter from 88-year-old Max Sayer in South Australia. In 1937, months after Schwartz's family had fled the Nazis, Sayer's Catholic family moved five houses from where the Schwartz family had lived. Eighty-three years later, Schwartz and Sayer began an ongoing conversation as “virtual neighbors,” exchanging their village stories across oceans and time, through two different windows of history.
Ingrid Reed, a veteran interviewer about New Jersey public affairs, lived four houses away from Schwartz in Glen Acres. Their 50-year friendship, which began in the planned integrated Princeton neighborhood, offers a third window to explore the meaning of “neighbor” then — and its lessons for us as neighbors today.
For an overview of the book, watch this video and visit the author's website.
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