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

2019 Finalist, Book of the Year (autobiography/memoir), Foreword Indies awards

NON-FICTION: BIOGRAPHY: Set in wartime, where luck and choice may determine one’s fate, MY DEAR BOY – A WORLD WAR II Story OF ESCAPE, EXILE, AND REVELATION chronicles the remarkable life of Valdik Holzer. This young Jewish man fled Czechoslovakia when the Nazis arrived, beginning with a perilous journey into war-torn China. Valdik’s tale is one of wild turns, an unexpected love affair, and tormenting loss, yet his story is a timeless message of courage, healing, and hopefulness.

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Steadfast Ink: The Journey Within

NONFICTION: MEMOIR: A daughter’s journey within as she continues to gain understanding about her Czech Jewish father’s life as a refugee during World War II. Decades apart, sweeping World War II stories interweave—shared by the Czech father who lived them and revealed by the daughter who uncovered the truth.  STEADFAST INK presents the face of history across multiple continents, unveiled from a secret treasure trove of WWII letters with the stark reality and immediacy the writers’ voices provide.  With passion and insights from her journey, award-winning author Joanie Holzer Schirm delivers an inspiring read for those who yearn to understand how we are all products of the history we follow and the choices we make.

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Adventurers Against Their Will

Winner of the 2013 Global Ebook Awards for Best Biography and Book Trailer

Based on her father’s collection of 400 WWII-era letters by 78 writers, Adventurers Against Their Will is the deeply personal account of a daughter’s investigative journey some seventy years later to locate 7 of the Czech correspondents and their descendants around the world.

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Czech Language version of "Adventurers Against Their Will"

Adventurers Against Their Will

Winner of the 2013 Global Ebook Awards for Best Biography and Book Trailer

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