Partnering with Echoes & Reflections for a More Peaceful Worldby Joanie Schirm on August 10, 2020 Permalink
Partnering with Echoes & Reflections for a More Peaceful World In these times of considerable uncertainty, one thing is sure. We all recognize the importance of education when seeking to end prejudice and discrimination while inspiring a more caring and respectful world. With that shared goal in mind, please consider a free partnership
A Story for Today – My Dear Boy Book Reviews Remind Why Learning History Mattersby Joanie Schirm on September 9, 2019 Permalink
From the writing journey… Since the March 1, 2019 publication by Potomac Books of My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation, the reception of this powerful story of my Czech Jewish father’s past that resonates in our present time has been wondrous. (book trailer) Today, I share with you
Kindness is not an action most expect.by Joanie Schirm on August 19, 2019 Permalink
My writing journey never disappoints—often reminding me of the kindhearted strangers who’ve entered my life when I just let them in. In 2018, I connected with a Chinese born gentleman, Jim Fang, now a Canadian citizen, who is planning a Toronto museum dedicated to previous Christian missionary work in China. Jim was born in Yochow
RARE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT IN OLD LETTER DETAILS SHANGHAI ARRIVAL 80 YEARS AGOby Joanie Schirm on July 8, 2019 Permalink
RARE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT IN OLD LETTER DETAILS MY FATHER’S ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI, CHINA 80 YEARS AGO – JULY 5, 1939 After escaping Hitler’s growing threat in his occupied Czech homeland, and traveling nearly 10,000 nautical miles from Marseille, France, Oswald “Valdik” Holzer, on July 5, 1939, reached Shanghai. My father was a 28-year-old physician in a
Setting the Voices Free – Part Two – Tom Weissby Joanie Schirm on June 21, 2019 Permalink
Setting the Voices Free Part 2 in the Series As the years slipped away during the writing of My Dear Boy, one thing became crystal clear. My journey of research and writing was dramatically enhanced by the people who often serendipitously came aboard for the ride and then remained my friends to the journey’s end.
A Last Goodbye – 80 years agoby Joanie Schirm on May 21, 2019 Permalink
Learn from the past. Change the future. On this day 80 years ago, May 21, 1939, my twenty-seven-year-old Czech Jewish father, Oswald “Valdik” Holzer said his last good-bye to his parents at the Prague railway station. After Nazi-occupation and persecution, dad was driven from his native land. His 1st port of refuge was Shanghai, China.
“The Family Mystery That Turned Into a Global Quest.”by Joanie Schirm on March 9, 2019 Permalink
As the Growing Bolder media video headline describes, “The Family Mystery That Turned Into a Global Quest,” my life has been a search for understanding over the past decade. “It’s not the “retirement” Joanie Schirm imagined. A family mystery turned into a global quest, a journey of discovery, and a personal transformation into an internationally respected
MY DEAR BOY book launch reminds me why I do what I do.by Joanie Schirm on March 2, 2019 Permalink
March 1, 2019, was the launch of my new book, MY DEAR BOY: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation. MY DEAR BOY’s World War II story of escape, exile, and revelation is an inspirational account of my Czech dad’s survival during wartime, a cinematic epic spanning multiple continents, a love story,