Joe sheds light on amazing life

Joe Willisch
Joe Willisch

A MARKET Rasen man who never spoke of his experiences under Nazi control has had a second edition of his life story published.

It took many years for Czechoslovakian-born Reinhold Joesef Willisch, better known as Joe, to write Steps In the Dark, which documents his experiences, including how he came to England and found himself at the Willingham Hall camp in 1946 as a displaced person.

Joe describes it as a “warts and all” book.

“I wanted to forget everything, but my children said ‘we know you as a father but not as a man,’ he said.

Since Steps In the Dark was published last year, Joe and his family have spent some time in Czechoslovakia visiting many of the places mentioned in the book.

“It has all been a bit overwhelming,” added Joe.

“I didn’t set out to gain financially, I just wanted to write the book for my family, but things have gone on from there.”

Now the first part of Joe’s gripping story has been released once more, telling of his early life and ending with his arrival in England.

The book will be available from Something Special in Market Rasen’s Queen Street and also from Joe direct, who also has copies of the first edition available, on 01673 843614.