Joe’s fascinating life story holds library audience captivated on book tour

Joe Willisch at Welton Library
Joe Willisch at Welton Library

Market Rasen author Joe Willisch held listeners 
spellbound at Welton Library last week.

He told tales of his 
Czechoslovakian birthplace 
and the consequent journey 
that resulted in his British

Through no choice of his own, as a young Czechoslovakian, Joe was drafted into the Hitler Youth as a 17–year–old student and then into the German Army during the Second World War.

He was injured four times but survived the fighting, the hard labour camps and the 
prisoner of war camps to 
escape to England where he met his adoring wife and start a 
loving family.

It was his daughters who persuaded Joe to put pen to paper and tell the truth of his extraordinary life.

His book, ‘Steps in the 
Dark’ was available on the night to buy at £14, but Joe also made a very generous donation to each of the nine West Lindsey 

The book will be 
available shortly for loan through Lincolnshire Library Service.

Joe’s story was enhanced 
by James Hay Barr, a local 
story teller who accompanied Joe and read relevant excerpts from his book to bring his 
personal story to life revealing Joes family connections to the Schubert and Schindler families.

Joe is due to take his talk 
to audiences at Caistor, 
Market Rasen and Keelby 
Libraries so look out for the dates of this extraordinary man’s life story.

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