What People Are Saying:

“A personal story of the triumph of the human spirit and the universal quest for peace, Joanie Holzer Schirm’s My Dear Boy takes us on a journey around much of the world, traversing history as well as geography. It is a timeless and moving World War II story told by the author through the words of her refugee father.”
Nina Streich, executive director, Global Peace Collaborative

“Educators will find no better book than My Dear Boy to provide the sweeping context of pre- and World War II multi-continental events during the late 1930s and early 1940s.”
William "Bill" Younglove, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow

“This stunning tribute to Schirm’s father’s legacy of service reminds us that our examination of the human heart as individual characters should lead us to protect the dignity of all others, no matter the friction of our differences.”
Buddy Dyer, mayor of Orlando

“Schirm’s power as a writer lies in her gift of crystalline focus. Her family story is one of grace in the face of universal struggle: full of awe, dappled synchronicities, and complicated life ‘happenings’ that touch one’s core. It is a gift for the next generation and the next.”
Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic and author of Coach Wooden’s Forgotten Teams

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