Joan Holzer-Schirm

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Barbara Joan Holzer

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Daughter of Oswald Alois Holzer, M.D. and Ruth Alice Holzer
Wife of Roger Dean Neiswender
Mother of <private> Lafferman (Schirm) and <private> Schirm IV
Sister of <private> Holzer and <private> Holm (Holzer)

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About Joan Holzer-Schirm

Joanie Holzer Schirm is an award-winning nonfiction author of a book series based on her Czech-American father's life during World War II

To buy Adventurers Against Their Will – the 2013 Global EBook winner for Best Biography:

English and Czech language versions... []

For Teacher Lesson Plans []

German version Lesson Plan by the International Tracing Service: ITS:

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright described the book as:

"A brilliant and compelling account of men and women caught in the turbulence of war. Part insightful history and part family drama...leads readers on a journey into the past." 

Upcoming book: My Dear Boy - The Discovery of a Lifetime

Non-fiction book centers on extraordinary stories uncovered in four hundred WWII letters of 78 writers to and from Oswald "Valdik" Holzer. Valdik was a young Jewish Czech physician who escaped the Nazi occupation of his homeland in 1939. For refuge, he traveled 8000 miles to China where in October 1940 in Peking (Beijing), Valdik married the love of his life, Ruth Alice Lequear, born in China of America missionaries. In 1952, they settled in Florida with their three children. Valdik and Ruth Alice died within two days of each other in 2000 at which time the discovery was made. Joanie chose the letters as her inheritance. In 2008, she had the letters and accompanying documents translated and began a worldwide journey of discovery and relevance for today.

The Holzer Collection is said by experts to be one of the most extensive personal epistolary collections from WWII. The writer voices personalize the human story of displaced persons, as well as people trapped behind in Bohemia. Filled with vivid details of life, love and war unfolding in four continents, the letters offer up WWII history through the eyes of people involved in everyday life while trying to survive and learn what has happened to their loved ones.

Joanie's debut book, Adventurers Against Their Will focuses on seven the letter writers. Using modern sleuthing techniques, Joanie found two correspondents alive and descendants worldwide. She went to see them to deliver their 70-year-old letters. The stories personalize history and remind us the importance to protect human dignity and rights.

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Published in English 2013; 2014: Triton Books (Prague) Czech language: [] Seeking other foreign rights for publication

My Dear Boy - The Discovery of a Lifetime (in search of literary agent and publishing house) Sign on for info: []