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Adventurers Against Their Will: Extraordinary World War II Stories of Survival, Escape, and Connection-Unlike Any Others (English Edition) eBook Kindle
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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.
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.
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.