Dean Kahn of the Belllingham Herald did a wonderful job with this story about Joe and the film “Lost Airmen of Buchenwald.” Less than two weeks away now and it is getting very exciting. With the tremendous interest we have had, the large numbers of tickets pre-sold I’m starting to be concerned that those without tickets might be disappointed. A wonderful problem to have but would be frustrating for those who came. It would just be such a tribute to Joe and the 168 flyers featured in this film to have this premiere a standing room only event!
This April is the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald by American troops. The Buchenwald Memorial society and the German government have invited former prisoners and liberators to help celebrate. The German government is covering the cost of Joe’s trip plus an accompanying family member.
Joe, two daughters and a grandson will be leaving for Germany on Thursday, April 8 returning April 17. While at Buchenwald they will participate in receptions with the mayor of Weimar, Catholic Mass, dinner and a wreath-laying ceremony. Joe will also be interviewed a number of German students who are conducting an oral history project focusing the Allied airmen held in Buchenwald. There is growing recognition about this little known event and Joe is one of the few survivors able to provide first-hand information about the terrible conditions and brutality in this infamous work camp.
A documentary film crew will be accompanying Joe to Buchenwald, then travel with him to France to film where he bailed out from his stricken P-38, talk to family members of the farmers who helped him, and follow his path after capture from Marchefroy, to Paris, to Buchenwald. The documentary film, “Jump Into Hell” is being produced by Mike Dorsey, an established California-based filmmaker and will focus on Joe Moser and Lt. Col. E.C. “Easy” Freeman, another American airman held in Buchenwald. Freeman is the grandfather of filmmaker Dorsey.
Joe is just about as excited as he could be. He and his wife Jean will be the special guests of the Seattle Mariners this coming Sunday when Joe will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Given that they are two of the biggest Mariner’s fans around this couldn’t be more exciting. To all of you in the Northwest, come and cheer Joe on! Hopefully, we’ll have pictures and a story to follow after the big game.
Just found out that Pres Obama will visit Buchenwald on June 5. We are doing our best to help convey to his staff that this would be a wonderful opportunity to recognize the 82 Americans who were held there for two months and who narrowly averted execution. These heroes have never been officially recognized by our government, the German government and the Buchenwald memorial. America is the only nation not officially represented as having victims included in the Buchenwald memorials. If anyone can assist in helping us rectify this injustice, please let us know.
Just delivered the first order to Village Books in Bellingham so if you live around here you can get them at Village Books in Fairhaven. Amazon will get their shipment soon so you can order there or order direct from the publisher at http://www.joemoserstory.com.
Finally, the books are arriving. The first 400 are coming tomorrow I am told. What an exciting day. But there is much more exciting news to tell about Joe and how he will be honored for what he has done.
We are setting up a special website for the book: www.joemoserstory.com. The title is now: A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story. You can order from Amazon now or the order form to order direct from the publisher should be live tomorrow. In the meantime, anyone can email me at email@example.com to have a copy sent.
Finally, after over two years of work, Joe’s book will be going to the printer in a few days! Just finishing up some captions on the photos. My apologies to any site visitors for my absence from this site but between my day job and focusing on getting the book finalized, just haven’t had the time.
We have changed the title: “A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald.” And the subtitle is “Joe Moser’s journey from farm boy to fighter pilot to near starvation in a Nazi concentration camp.” Had some good feedback from friends regarding title and subtitle that I hope will help.
If you haven’t visited this site for a bit (like me unfortunately) you may not have seen these recent comments. It is so exciting to hear from vets like Harry Guinther who experienced similar trials, and especially from Andrew Lamason, a great nephew of Joe’s hero Phil Lamason. Andrew and Henry–Joe will be thrilled to hear from you. Some day I will get him on the internet–until then, I will print your messages and share with him. These things make him very happy!
Finally! Just finished final chapter. Feels great to be done. I was surprised in writing this how emotional it was for me dealing with Joe’s home coming. That is one of the great joys of working on this story, is putting myself in Joe’s place as best I understand and trying to experience with him what he went through. He conversation with Elise, the operator, kind of got to me.