As I continue to post various vignettes from my upcoming immigrant’s memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE, here is an excerpt from a chapter about playing basketball at Oklahoma State University:      It was my first practice and my first opportunity to show Mr. Henry Iba, one of the nation’s most famous college coaches, that a…

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As one who lived through the war (as a hidden child in occupied Czechoslovakia) and a student of World War II, I thought I knew a great deal about the Battle of Britain–a time when Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Erik Larson’s terrific book proved me wrong. While many books have been written…

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Continuing to post short vignettes from my upcoming “coming-to-America” memoir, Cowboy from Prague, here is a story about a man who became my hero:   As a boy in post-war Europe, I had been a good athlete. I excelled in soccer, hockey, skiing, and tennis. No doubt, I inherited my father’s genes. He was not only…

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I’ve read perhaps a hundred books about the Holocaust. And as an author of my own memoir, I also find it interesting to examine how others tell their stories. I must say that I’ve never read a “Holocaust book” as touching, as disturbing, and as good as THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ. Antonio Iturbe’s book, translated…

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The following is another vignette from my forthcoming book, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: “Holy Christ! What have we done?” I cry out after pulling over to the curb on a long, wide, endless street, lined on both sides with hundreds of little houses which seem to extend out to the horizon. The structures are identical, with…

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Many books about the Holocaust have been written and I, as a Holocaust survivor myself, have read my share. However, very few authors have tackled the turmoil in post-war Europe and, particularly, the struggles of those who were liberated from the camps or from hiding. Martin Fletcher meticulously researched that post-war world in Germany and,…

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The following is another excerpt from my upcoming book with the working title, Cowboy from Prague:               Less than one month after landing in America with my two-word English vocabulary—“sank you”—my father hit me with a bombshell. “Tommy is going away for three weeks to be a summer-camp counselor in…

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Opening chapter of my upcoming book about the immigrant experience in America: “Come on, swim to me!” Water clogged my ears and I could barely hear my father, who had thrown me into the middle of Labe (Elbe) River in Czechoslovakia. Although I was nine years old, I had not learned to swim and now…

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When historians look back at the past half century in America, they may not judge Gerald Ford as a great president. He was not elected to the office, and nothing world-shaking was accomplished by his administration. He did sign the Helsinki Accords, which were a first step toward the end of the Cold War, and…

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