New York Times story by Talia Dauer

Student Contest Winner: Hidden Child, Hidden Identity Charles Heller learned he was part Jewish only after his relatives began to disappear. Give this article 9 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/learning/student-contest-winner-the-story-of-a-holocaust-survivor.html Charles Heller in his home office. “I didn’t know what a Jew was,” he said. “But our household was full of Jewish men.” Credit…Talia Dauer By The Learning Network Published May…

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Mr. Iba

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, to be published by Atmosphere Press in late spring/early summer: It was February of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. As always on non-game weekdays during basketball season, I walked into Gallagher Hall at 3:15 pm…

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“I Am From…”

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. This one is a poem that constitutes the book’s Introduction: I am from a far-off land, Once called Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic. I am from a small village called Kojetice, And I am from a glorious…

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World War II: Liberation of western Czechoslovakia

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: Like most veterans of World War II, my father seldom spoke of the horrors he had seen. Only occasionally, when feeling nostalgic or wishing to entertain us with an amusing anecdote, he would regale us with…

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Book review: WHEN TIME STOPPED

I have read many “Holocaust books,” and written one myself, and WHEN TIME STOPPED by Ariana Neumann rises to the top tier of the genre. When I read in the publisher’s promotional  material that it was the story of a man named Neumann from Prague, I simply had to read the book. After all, I,…

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Gentle Brute

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: He yearned to be recognized as an intelligent human being, but he was viewed as a dumb jock. My first impression of him was that of a comic-book version of a cowboy. A giant ellipsoidal head…

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ESCAPE

With this blog, I will begin posting vignettes from my forthcoming (early 2022) book, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. The following is the opening chapter, titled “Escape”: We’re dead! Two soldiers emerged from the darkness and pointed their rifles at us. They were Nazi SS murderers rumored to be hiding…

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“COWBOY” READY FOR PRIME TIME

READY FOR PRIME TIME! The blank on the right is the completed manuscript of the third book in my memoir trilogy. Titled COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, the manuscript is now completed and professionally edited. Discussions with hybrid publishers are ongoing. Please stay tuned.

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