Joe has been front a tv camera more times in the last while than I am sure he ever dreamed he would be. Here is a segment from a local television production called Experience Northwest from KVOS TV. Actually two videos for the two different segments:
We are still working on getting books into distribution but books are here and ready to order. You can get at Village Books in Bellingham, order from Amazon, or order direct from the publisher here.
Thanks to Mike Barber of the Seattle PI, the story of Joe Moser receiving his DFC award 65 years late is being told on the “Now Hear This” blog.
Early comments from people who have read the book have been outstanding. Village Books in Bellingham is having a hard time keeping inventory in, and Amazon orders should now start to be filled with a shipment to them we just made. We are working on getting “A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story” into bookstores and retail outlets throughout northwest Washington.
If anyone can’t find it, tell them they can order on our website at www.joemoserstory.com.
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This chapter deals with what happened to Joe after he was captured by the Germans. His initial interrogation by a Gestapo officer, his night in the cellar in Marchefroy. When written like this it looks uneventful, but I have tried to capture in this the fear and mental strain that he underwent in these first early hours of his ordeal. I don’t think I can fully capture the forty three years of torture he experienced as a result of these first three hours. It has become very clear to me that much of the pain Joe carried with him all these years had to do with his certainty of the fate of the French people he believed were impacted, first by his crash, and then by their attempts to help him escape.
I am so very grateful, once again to Remco Immerzeel for uncovering fascinating details about what happened during these hours and also the fate of those who tried to help Joe. Suffice it to say here that Joe was incredibly relieved in 1988 when he first found out about some of this. But thanks to Remco, lately he has been finding out even more. And it is quite remarkable. For that, you will have to stay tuned to chapter 4.
Once again, please, if you are visiting this site, please comment on the chapters. If you are going to lurk, at least be active!
For those following this story, you may be interested to get an inside look at the interview process as well as get to know Joe Moser a litle better. Gabriel Rodriguez, an outstanding professional photographer (and my son-in-law) shot some photos during my interview with Joe last night (Wednesday, March 28).
Just click to view:
Video (Joe tells the sad story of what happened to one young French boy while on the train to Buchenwald)
Thank you so much Gabe!
Yesterday (Sunday) I wrote draft one of chapter 2. It tells the story of Joe from the time he bailed out of his P-38 to his capture by the Germans a short time later. I basically wrote this all in one piece in about an hour and a half. Sometimes it just flows and you can’t type fast enough to keep ahead of the story that is being told in your head. Joe has given me the basic facts and from that I try and reconstruct the scene, the actions, the thoughts that go with those facts. Google Earth helps tremendously because I can see what the country was like and the town and get my bearings relating to where his base was, etc.
If you read chapter 2 beforeI have a chance to work it over with Joe, I just need to warn you that some of the details are certain to change. For example, the direction he ran, the specifics of how he was captured, when he was separated from his two young rescuers, etc.
Joe reviewed chapter 1 and said there were only a couple of small details to change. Chapter 2 will require more changes. When I asked Joe what he thought of Chapter 1 characteristically he said, “It was great, I just don’t know who you are writing about.” I said, “What do you mean, it isn’t accurate?” He said, no, it was accurate, and I know that he just means it feels strange for him to be the subject when it is written in more of a narrative form. I think he meant to say that it reads like a book but with him as the hero and that feels strange. So, I took it as a compliment.
OK, I posted draft one of the first chapter. Now, anyone reading this can comment on this chapter by adding your comments to this post.