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Adventurers Against Their Will: Extraordinary World War II Stories of Survival, Escape, and Connection-Unlike Any Others (English Edition) di [Schirm, Joanie Holzer]
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"The ornately painted Chinese Boxes loomed just out of reach throughout my childhood...but my brother and sister and I paid no attention. The twin, red boxes were part of the familiar-to-the-point-of-being-invisible landscape, like that big tree outside your window with a botanical name you never learn." Sorting through her parents belongings after their deaths, Joanie Holzer Schirm discovered an extraordinary lost world. Hand-written on faded and brittle stationary, stamped by censors and military authorities, and neatly filed in those two lacquered boxes, were 400 letters from 78 correspondents-along with carbon copies of the letters her Czech father had sent to them during World War II. "My father never mentioned that he planned to leave a magnificent gift," Schirm tells us, a "treasure trove" in which "I would come across the very souls of his cousins and friends. Many of the secrets cloistered by those bright and shiny Chinese boxes were ghastly. Lives lost, lives shattered. Friends abandoned. Lovers betrayed. The paths I followed beyond the letters made clear that guilt and grief continued to wound and sometimes cripple those who remained, long after the war was over." And yet the story that they ultimately add up to - a story that is as emotionally absorbing as a novel, as meticulously documented as the important work of history that it is - not one of mere survival, but inspiration.

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  • Editore: PeliPress (28 febbraio 2013)
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5.0 su 5 stelle Roger Pickar 10 settembre 2013
Di GoofyAmerica - Pubblicato su
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The fact that this has become an award-winning book is no surprise.
This is a fascinating page turner- a unique perspective of an escape from a horrendous event based on a trove of compelling letters and interviews.
It illuminates the suffering, the will to survive and go on when so many didn't or couldn't.
The horror of fleeing your country-friends, family, jobs and relocating in places such as Ecuador, China, the United States and never knowing whether you'd ever go back is just one of the appalling tragedies witnessed. The random post exit communications amongst family and friends, the basis of the book, illuminate the dread, dismay that the survivors went through and provide the persistent tension of the book
The fact that the author's parents eventually adjust and prosper in the United States is a wonderful example of survival. However, the sadness of losing so much in a myriad of ways again illuminates the horrors that befell the world and specifically, the Jews of Prague, Czechoslovakia.
5.0 su 5 stelle Adventurers against their will 23 aprile 2013
Di Jan Schoenbaum - Pubblicato su
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We are indebted to Joanie Schirm, the daughter of Valdik Holzer (the focal `adventurer'), for sharing the wonderfully rich letters of her father and his friends with us. The book is more than a story of a group of friends, of their trials and survivals (or deaths): Joanie has created a micro-history of a time when Czech Jews and Gentiles were caught up in the expansion of the Third Reich, first into Sudetenland in October 1938 (with the agreement of France and Britain), then followed by the invasion and occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in March 1939. The Nuremberg laws limiting what Jews could do, or own, were applied progressively in the `Protectorate'. How hard it must have been for those at threat (my parents included) to understand the murderous intent, and the ruthless efficiency with which it would be implemented. Who could have thought, who even now can comprehend, that organized theft would be followed by confinement, slave labour, and the gas chambers? Joanie's work, and it was work, involving unravelling the many threads that wound through more than four hundred letters of her father and the other `adventurers', has resulted in a gripping tale of intertwined lives. The reader is helped through this complex of life stories by Dramatis Personae at the beginning of each chapter, and by Biographies and Timelines at the end of the book. We are moved and touched by the opportunities of escape seized or missed, and by the many photos of the protagonists and their families. A wonderful book. Thank you Joanie!
5.0 su 5 stelle WOW! 11 luglio 2016
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Dr. Holzer was our family physician in the 1950s and 60s and early 70s. I went to school with Joanie Holzer Schirm, never knowing the doctors family history.

I recently learned of this book and recently ordered it. What an inspirational accounting of her fathers early life. It allowed me to see another side of this strong man. It made me realize that our generation has it made.

I found the book to well thought out and presented. I look forward to purchasing future writings from Joanie.
5.0 su 5 stelle "Adventurerers": affectingly told stories, and unexpected connections 7 maggio 2013
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After a fruitless years-long Internet search for a distant Czech cousin, I was stunned to read about his history and wartime experiences in Joanie's Schirm's "Adventurers Against Their Will."

My family has lived in the U.S. for several generations. Except for inheriting a faded, sad 1939 letter from a cousin in Prague pleading for a sponsor to bring his wife and two young children to America, I had no other known relatives living in Europe in the 20th century.

In 2011, the Internet at last yielded up my relative's name in a short article written by Joanie Schirm. I contacted her immediately, and finally learned what happened to my cousin and his family during the horror of WWII.

Joanie asked for permission to use my name in a book she was writing. "Adventurers" was the surprising result.

Even though I am mentioned in Joanie's book, and my cousin's journey--one of several--is so movingly told, I can (nearly) objectively state that Joanie's writing style is stellar, the historical context woven throughout is fascinating, and the emotional wallop the stories pack is undeniable. A truly compelling read from a talented writer.
5.0 su 5 stelle A tour de force! This is history echoing through ... 22 settembre 2014
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A tour de force! This is history echoing through the lives of real people -- families torn apart by forces beyond at first their comprehension and then their control. The author has with extraordinary deftness let us into the lives of some of history's victims. Their efforts to endure affect not only them but their subsequent generations. This is no mere family history, although, in the hands of a less skillful writer, it might have been. This is nothing less than a look at man's inhumanity to man--and its consequences. It is also a cautionary tale of what could well happen again in a world torn apart by ethnic and religious differences. It should be required reading in every high school or college. I came away feeling that I know every person whose story is told.
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