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Author visits Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown

Published March 02. 2011 05:16PM

Pittsburgh author, Lisa Spahr, will be appearing at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, Friday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. to talk about her book, "WWII Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion."

"WWII Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion" is a story about strangers helping each other during a time of war. The book features more than 30 letters and postcards sent to the author's family in 1943, alerting them of her grandfather's capture and status as a prisoner of war. Upon discovering these letters, Ms. Spahr began researching the people who did this, and why, and reached out to find them or their next of kin, more than 60 years after the fact. Her journey is detailed in "WWII Radio Heroes."

Everyone that learns about this effort of absolute strangers listening to enemy radio each night in hopes of delivering good news to an awaiting family, is moved. Few people know it occurred, but the author hopes that will change with this publication.

"Wartime letters are very special, and those Lisa writes about, the caring attempts of strangers to notify mothers, fathers, wives, and sweethearts that their loved ones were alive and prisoners of war, are among the most special I've read. I recommend it highly to anyone who has served, as well as anyone who has waited in anxiety while a loved one served in harm's way on a hostile shore," says Reverend Mitzi Manning, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps retired

"I expect that many people have never heard the heartwarming story of the men and women across America who regularly monitored Nazi short-wave broadcasts to learn the fate of American GIs taken prisoner by the Germans. What a great story," says Honorable Charles L. Cragin, Former Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals and Senior Defense Official

"WWII Radio Heroes" has been featured in Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "America in WWII," ARRL's CQ & QST Magazines, and York Sunday News as well as on The American Entrepreneur Radio Show and KDKA Dave Crawley's KD Country and Pittsburgh Today Live morning show.

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