My Dear Boy
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My Dear Boy : A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation

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After the death of Joanie Holzer Schirm's parents in 2000, 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.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 142 x 145 x 28mm | 249g
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1982631503
  • 9781982631505

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Funny, sad, poignant, insightful, and spiritual, My Dear Boy is simply captivating and lovingly told.

-- "P. R. Pinard, PhD, American historian"
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