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
Students learn of differences and similarities with others through family history research to “recognize the origins of old-new dangers.”
“Hopefully, education and knowledge of history linked together with pure compassion and humanity will let us recognize the origins of old-new dangers and tie down the demons of hatred and evil before they grow to overcome us again.” Vaclav Havel, First President of the Czech Republic As important today as ever, students can learn similarities
Joan Holzer-Schirm is Peter Rohel’s fourth great aunt’s third cousin once removed’s husband’s second great niece!
So when you put something out there in a book that has a smidgen of genealogy included…prepare to be amazed. In today’s world of virtual connections spelled out on websites like GENI and Ancestry.com, in an instant you can have real cousins from around the globe getting in touch. Here’s my latest example and it’s