Susan Lowe, author of “Josie: A Story of Faith and Survivial” will be among the authors present at the Clovis Memorial Day celebration honoring World War II heroes. Authors will sign their books from 9 a.m. to noon in the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building.
“History books have been silent on Josip Broz Tito’s post-World War II tragic genocide of ethnic Germans living in Yugoslavia. Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson honor the survivors and their families by speaking up for the forgotten victims of this often untold part of history,” according to a press release.
“Josie” shines a light on the atrocities Tito committed against these people and one family in particular. Anne Frank and her family were captured by the Nazi’s in the Netherlands in 1944. In that same year, 4-year-old Josie Trollmann and her family, along with millions of other ethnic Germans living in countries like Yugoslavia, were torn from their homes and imprisoned.
On the heels of World War II, Tito, the communist leader of Yugoslavia attempted to wipe out the ethnic Germans living within his borders, many of whom had been loyal Yugoslav citizens for generations. Josie is an extraordinary story of faith and courage.
Lowe, Josie’s daughter, a first-generation American on her mother’s side, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in counseling and more than 24 years of experience working with clients; many who have been victims of trauma. In addition to a private practice, she has also taught courses at Fresno State, Reedley College and Madera Community College Center. Lowe lives in Central California with her husband.
Diane Iverson, Josie’s niece, has written and/or illustrated more than 20 books, primarily for children. She served for 15 years as the director of a service for homeless and low-income families and helped found the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and Open Door. Iverson lives in Arizona with her husband.
For additional information contact Lowe at (559) 250-0557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More local authors will sign copies of their books from 9 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day in Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St. They include:
▪ Gid Adkisson, “ Infantry Lieutenant,” a memoir of his father’s WWII service.
▪ Hans Berger, “A Bridge to Cross,” a memoir of fleeing from the Nazis in WWII.
▪ Ken Eaton, “Missing Dog Tags,” a military memoir of a Korean ex-POW.
▪ George Gruner, “Into the Night,” and “Blue Water Beat.”
▪ David Hendrickson, “The Patrol Frigate’s Story” a military memoir of WWII.
▪ Dave Leue, (represented by his widow Stella Leue), “Korean Combat” and “Vietnam Combat,” military memoirs of Korea and Vietnam
▪ Jim Mobley, “Betrayal,” a military memoir of Vietnam.
▪ Tom Morton, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,”a military memoir of Vietnam.
▪ Janice Stevens, “Stories of Service, Valley Veterans Remember WWI” and “Stories of Service, Valley Veterans Remember WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.”