Having had a father who was a Czech refugee during WWII, the echoes from the letters Dad saved that reached him on the run through five continents from other refugees sound much like the Ukrainian people as they flee the violence of the Russian army. There’s no doubt this trauma will impact the lives of the refugees, families, and friends for a lifetime. We must help in some meaningful way the Ukrainian people who are both already here in America but not citizens and those who wish to come to America.
Refugee trauma last a life time.
Published by Joanie Schirm
Joanie Schirm won the 2013 Global Ebook Award for Best Biography for her book: Adventurers Against Their Will. Potomac Books will publish the second book, her father’s epic WWII tale, My Dear Boy: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation on March 1, 2019. Joanie is an award-winning writer, photographer, community activist, and retired Orlando, Florida businesswoman. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Oswald Holzer, she grew up on a sandy barrier island on the Space Coast of Florida, a place where extraordinary memories are made and pelicans soar. A sought after public speaker, she is internationally known for her highly successful leadership role in Orlando’s hosting of FIFA’s 1994 World Cup USA 1994. She is the proud parent of two adult children, Kelly and Derick, and lives in Orlando with her husband, Roger Neiswender. Her books can be purchased here.