Hello Mrs. Meyer!
I'm sorry that I couldn't complete the project on the author of Friedrich. There as too little information on the Author and most of what i found was in German. I searched the library, the internet (all the search engines I knew of) and the Barnes and Nobles on Rt. 17 in Paramus.
I did however find more information on a topic I was interested in and a topic that is discussed in the book Friedrich.
It is the event that began the continent-wide persecution of the Jews during Hitler's reign. It was called the "Kristallnacht" or "the night of broken glass."