“Charles Ota Heller's newest memoir, Cowboy from Prague, is a gripping and hauntingly beautiful exploration… required reading for a generation that often forgets that the struggle is the most important part of the journey.”

—Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Israel Prize Laureate

About the Author

Charles Ota Heller's career has consisted of six phases: student athlete, engineer, educator, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and writer. He is the author of five memoirs: award-winning Prague: My Long Journey HomeDlouha cesta domu (in Czech); Name-Droppings: Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous; Ready, Fire, Aim! An Immigrant's Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror; and his latest—publication date 2022--Cowboy from Prague: An Immigrant's Pursuit of the American Dream.

Behind the Scenes

Hundreds of books have been written about World War II, but few have presented the story through the eyes of some of the millions of children who lived in Europe during the late 1930s and early 1940s and whose lives were shaped forever by the dangers, horrors and unsettling events they experienced. I was one of those children.

“I thank Charles Heller for having the courage to share his poignant and profound story with the world... a record of a history that should never be forgotten.”
His Excellency Petr Gandalovič, Former Czech Ambassador to the U.S.

Also by Charles Ota Heller

Latest Blog Post

My contribution to Bay Weekly piece on Chesapeake Bay Country

What Does Chesapeake Country Mean to Me? After 27 years of wandering—as a hidden child in World War II Czechoslovakia, as a refugee from Communism in Germany, as a new American in New Jersey, as a college student in Oklahoma, and as an engineer in California—I found my home on the shores of the Chesapeake…