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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 f ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Potomac Books
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
Greville Waterman
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 parts the book highlights a triumph of the human spirit and a deep determination to survive.
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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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