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The book launch of Holocaust survivor Susan Garfield's memoir, "Too Many Goodbyes."

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Too Many Goodbyes, by Susan Garfield

In 1944, as Budapest’s Jews begin to suffer under German occupation, eleven-year-old Zsuzsi (Susie) takes to her diary to write about her friends and family as she copes with what it means to be persecuted. Precocious and charming, Susie records the mundane along with the poignant as she describes her daily life in Budapest against the backdrop of the war. Her pre-teen life is marred by farewells — first to her father as he is drafted into the forced labour service, and then to her mother when Hungarian fascist collaborators take her away. Orphaned after the war, Susie makes a fateful decision to leave her relatives and embark on a journey to a new country, where she struggles to adapt and begins to yearn for her home in Hungary. Uncertain whether she made the right decision to emigrate, Susie writes all her feelings down in a new diary, the only place where she feels she truly belongs.

Too Many Goodbyes combines Susan Garfield’s rare wartime diary as a young girl, her post-war diary as a teenager, and her memoir as an adult as she reflects on her losses, her sense of belonging and her home.

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Born Zsuzsanna Löffler in Budapest in 1933, Susan Garfield immi¬grated to Canada as a war orphan in 1948 and lived in Vegreville, Alberta, before moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she still lives. In 1954 she married Harry Garfield and started a family, eventually raising three children. Susan later earned a bachelor of arts (honours) from the University of Winnipeg and a bachelor of recre¬ation studies from the University of Manitoba. Her translation of her Hungarian wartime diary was published in Voices of Winnipeg Holocaust Survivors (2010), and her story as a new immigrant to Canada was told in Holocaust Survivors in Canada: Exclusion, Inclusion, Transformation, 1947–1955 (2015).

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