Two time first place winner of 2013 Global EBook Awards: Best Biography and Book Trailer.
Adventurers Against Their Will is an improbable and emotional tale of a daughter’s real-life global quest to find the authors of 400 letters written to her Czech father while he was on-the-run from the Nazis during World War II.
Seven decades later, letters that traveled across four continents and were discovered by chance reveal an incomparable story about the power of friendship. Emotionally absorbing and meticulously documented, this story about unlikely adventurers is not just about survival. It is about the power to create a better world, one letter at a time.
After her parents’ death in 2000, Joanie Schirm’s discovery of her Czech father’s WWII letter cache of 400 letters by 78 writers called her to become a writer. The founding president of Orlando, Florida-based Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, she retired in 2008 to work full time on what she thought would simply be her family history. As stunning revelations from the letters unfolded, Joanie knew she was given a greater calling by a higher being for a worldwide audience.
The importance of Joanie’s April 2013 debut book has been described by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright:
“Adventurers Against Their Will is a brilliant and compelling account of men and women caught in the turbulence of war. Part insightful history and part family drama, the book leads readers on a journey into the past, answering many questions and posing new ones along the way. 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 puts a human face on history and the importance of examining our past, in order for us to create a better future for mankind.
Adventurers Against Their Will available in Czech Language - published by Triton books in Prague. Radio interview at time of Book Launch:
Companion book, My Dear Boy – The Discovery of a Lifetime, is the story of Schirm’s Czech father’s escape from the Nazis after their occupation of his homeland, his courtship of her mother in China, intertwined with Schirm’s own story of discovery. My Dear Boy will be published soon.
Joanie Schirm is an award-winning writer, photographer, community activist, and retired award-winning businesswoman. Joanie lectures in schools throughout America and Europe. Adventurers Against Their Will is recommended reading for high school students by Florida Department of Education's Just Read, Florida! While President of Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, she became internationally known for her volunteer leadership role of Orlando’s hosting of FIFA’s World Cup USA 1994. She is the proud parent of two adult children, Kelly and Derick, and she lives in Orlando with her husband, Roger Neiswender.
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VideosOswald Holzer in China as refugee 1940
Clip of Oswald Holzer riding donkey in China in 1940; refugee from his Nazi-occupied Czech homeland, Holzer served as a physician at the American Brethren Hospital in Shansi (Shanxi) Province - Ping Ting Hsien. www.joanieschirm.comBook Trailer - Adventurers Against Their Will
Global EBook 2013 Award Winner - Best Biography - and Best Book Trailer: Adventurers Against Their Will
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