My Dear Boy

About the Author: Joanie Holzer Schirm

My Dear Boy A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation UNL Potomac Books 2019 In this posthumous memoir, Schirm elegantly re creates her Bohemian father s youthful voice as he comes of age as a Jew in interwar Prague, escapes from a Nazi held army unit, practices medicine in China s war ravaged interior, and settles in the United States to start a family Introducing us to a diverse


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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • My Dear Boy
  • Joanie Holzer Schirm
  • 08 February 2018
  • 9781640120723

My Dear Boy After The Death Of Joanie Holzer Schirm S Parents In , She Found Hundreds Of Letters, Held Together By Rusted Paperclips And Stamped With Censor Marks, Sent From Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, China, And South And North America, Along With Journals, Vintage Film, Taped Interviews, And Photographs In Working Through These Various Materials Documenting The Life Of Her Father, Oswald Valdik Holzer, She Learned Of Her Family History Through His Remarkable Experiences Of Exile And Loss, Resilience And Hope In This Posthumous Memoir, Schirm Elegantly Re Creates Her Father S Youthful Voice As He Comes Of Age As A Jew In Interwar Prague, Escapes From A Nazi Held Army Unit, Practices Medicine In China S War Ravaged Interior, And Settles In The United States To Start A Family Introducing Us To A Diverse Cast Of Characters Ranging From The Humorous To The Menacing, Holzer S Life Story Is An Inspirational Account Of Survival During Wartime, A Cinematic Epic Spanning Multiple Continents, And Ultimately A Tale With A Twist A Book That Will Move Readers For Generations To Come

13 thoughts on “My Dear Boy

  1. Amber Spencer says:

    4.5 I am amazed at all the stories that come out of war torn Europe during WWII This was a direction I had never heard of, but it makes sense that many escaped the terrors of the war this way I loved that this book was researched and put together by his daughter.

  2. Greville Waterman says:

    A must read for aficionados of the holocaust as a child rediscovers her family s history through her father s letters which tell of his escape from the Nazis and subsequent travels and travails.Inspiring and humorous in turn, as well as chilling in pa...