Five-Time Award Winning Book: The Missing Peace of a Heritage Puzzle ..... by Frank Koerner

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A most unusual travel adventure........



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Can the memoirs of a non-famous person be meaningful? This poignant tale by Frank Koerner proves the point. A "must-read" book for anyone who enjoys a true, travel adventure  containing the most improbable happenstances about forebears, who came from "somewhere else".....whether that be from (in your case) Pennsylvania (USA) or Transylvania (Europe), Canton, Ohio or Canton, China. The book recounts actual events and revelations. It reads like a novel.

Frank Koerner sought to demystify the Sudetenland homeland of his parents. Their homeland “vanished” when he was a child. He journeyed to the former Czechoslovakia (the present Czech Republic's provinces of Bohemia and Moravia) and what he found was timeless and magically fascinating. This book recounts his discoveries, flavored by their intriguing happenstances. The vignettes are written with a commendable command of language and style. Mr. Koerner smartly balances personal emotions and reactions with historical information, while presenting a clear depiction of his trip overseas. Each recounted tale occurred during an excursion to that faraway land which no longer “exists.” Why is he drawn to a region from which people of his heritage are vengefully banned in perpetuity? His marvelous ability to depict a personal anecdote or memory to highlight its timelessness and universality is remarkable.

An appealing blend of personal anecdotes, culture and history is presented in describing a life-changing experience during an extraordinary journey in an otherwise ordinary life.

Accompany Frank on his trip as he discovers "the missing piece of his heritage puzzle" and relates its unique, historical connection to the Munich Agreement (1938), the events of World War II and their aftermath, and Longfellow's Evangeline (1755). See why all are still relevant in today's European Union (EU).

Book Reviews: The book is about an American's search for his heritage. Frank Koerner finally decides to clear up the mysteries that his parents unconsciously reveal to him during his childhood. Koerner takes us with him on an adventurous journey, as he successfully researches his Sudeten-German background. "Sudetenland" is located in what today is the Czech Republic. After World War II, in 1946, the Czechoslovakian government forced all ethnic Germans to leave. In the book, we meet his father who tearfully points to the picture over the couch, recalling the village of Benke, saying that everything has been lost. We also travel to the Czech Republic with Koerner where we ask for directions, enjoying many surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the trip and was very moved by it. Highly recommended. - Alexander Hast, Editor in Chief, German World Magazine.

Although the core of the story represents a bleak and depressing issue, Mr. Koerner tells the tale in a delightfully personal and pleasant manner. His eccentric use of humor and the English language keeps the subject matter of his European adventure bouncing along. Unlike The Holocaust and Schindler's List, this true story and this book are relatively unknown. They both deserve more, and Mr. Koerner has done his best to spread the word of a tragic tale in an enlightening, enjoyable, informative manner. The author's research and dedication to his subject come shining through! - Floyd M. Orr, Austin, Texas

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Cover Art: The "back way" to Benke, Moravia

[Discussed: Jewish, German-Bohemian Heritage Society, East European Genealogical Society, Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Gypsies, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, Carl Jung, Synchronicity, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle, San Diego CA, Human Rights, Josef Stalin, Waldwick, NJ, Moravian Star, Julia A. Traphagen, German American, Sudetenland, Moravia, Bohemia, Czechoslowakia, Bohemia-Moravia Protectorate]