MY DEAR BOY: A World War II Story of Escape, Exile, and Revelation


Adventurers Against Their Will – Extraordinary World War II Stories of Survival, Escape, and Connection – Unlike Any Others



2015 Recommended Reading for Grades 9-12 by the Florida Department of Education  


2013 Global EBook Award Winner : Best Biography and Book Trailer


DOWNLOAD BELOW:   Teacher’s Guide for

Adventurers Against Their Will: Extraordinary World War II Stories of Survival, Escape, and Connection – Unlike Any Others

A nonfiction book well-suited for the Social Studies or Language Arts teacher, or a collaboration of both – Grades 9-12 or above.

For information about materials available for the classroom, contact: joanie@joanieschirm.com


Free Ebook with Lesson Plan (PowerPoint for Download)

Lesson Plan for Teachers (PowerPoint for Download)

Lesson Plans with Education Standards – Ready for PDF Download

Lesson Plans Outline – At a Glance – Without Education Standards

Lesson Plans Outline – At a Glance – With Education Standards

Welcome to Teacher’s Guide – from Author Joanie Holzer Schirm 

                Complete Lesson Plan Package

For Audio in Lesson 5, see below for direct link :

Holzer 3 min escape story interview clip 

For Individual Lesson Plans in PDF – download:

                Lesson Plan 1 – Setting the Stage

                Lesson Plan 2 – Historical Context

                Lesson Plan 3 – Adventurers

                Lesson Plan 4 – Plight of Refugees

                Lesson Plan 5 – Resistance

Additional Lesson 5 Materials:

Holzer 8 min escape interview clip

Holzer 3 min escape story interview clip 

                Lesson Plan 6 – Human Rights

                Lesson Plan 7 – Performance Task       


Lesson Plans in German by the International Tracing Service (ITS) – PDF download in The German language:


“Adventurers Against Their Will is a brilliant and compelling account of men and women caught in the turbulence of war…Joanie Schirm has made a fresh and vital contribution to our understanding of World War II’s impact on the lives of people in Central Europe.” –Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

“Adventurers Against Their Will is a powerful wartime story revolving around true historical events…An emotionally powerful book for anyone interested in the vanished universe of early twentieth-century Central Europe and the war that destroyed it.” –Robert Gerwarth, author of Hitler’s Hangman: The Life and Death of Reinhard Heydrich

Author Joanie Schirm

Top 100 – Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Inspirational Writing Winners

Speaking Engagements: Author Joanie Schirm is a sought after public speaker, most recently presenting the many lessons learned from revelations that came after the discovery of the “ Holzer Collection “ – 400 WWII letters by 78 Czech correspondents reaching her father, Dr. Oswald “Valdik” Holzer, in four continents during the war.   This primary source collection, with letters originating in wartime Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Great Britain, France, Palestine, Ecuador, China, and the United States, lies at the heart of Joanie’s series of non-fiction books.


Upon request at joanie@joanieschirm.com,  Joanie Holzer Schirm is available to speak about her books.  She has presented at schools, teacher conferences, libraries and museums along with many book clubs.

 September 4, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic  – In conjunction with Czech-language book launch for Adventurers Against Their Will, Joanie Holzer Schirm presented a two hour lecture to high-school age, English-speaking students at Gymnazium Spitalska.


April 2014, Yom Hashoah Presentation, (jpg)

Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2014:  Carolyn & Herb Nathan 2014 Educators’ Conference Keynote Presentation: 

Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2014

February 8, 2014 Prague Post article:


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