Maquoketa Rotary will host a book signing with Asher Schroeder and Kate Carinder on Sunday, June 17th at the Maquoketa Public Library from 2-4 p.m. The book “Asher - Memories of WWII” is by Asher Schroeder of Maquoketa, a WWII POW and Kate Carinder, formerly of Maquoketa. Both Asher and Kate are Rotarians. Asher is in the Maquoketa Rotary Club in Iowa. Kate is in the Coronado Rotary Club in California. Carinder published the book on Amazon. It’s available for purchase on Amazon. Books will be available at the book signing. Asher is also being recognized for recently being honored by Rotary International with the Service Above Self Award.
As an Army Private during WWII, Asher like so many other American soldiers, found himself in a foreign land fighting for freedom where his service and sacrifice to our country helped end one of the darkest periods in modern history. He was wounded captured and held as a POW in Nazi Germany. He was liberated on April 2, 1945, a day that is still bittersweet as his father died of cancer the very same day. Asher wouldn’t learn of this until he returned to the United States on May 22, 1945.
Most of the book is taken from Asher’s manuscript that he wrote in 2001. The manuscript has been available at the Maquoketa Public Library and the Jackson County Historical Society for several years. Carinder added information about Asher’s connection with a Rotary Exchange Student from Germany and how Asher gifted a small amount of seed money several years later to the exchange student to help start a community foundation in the very country that once held him prisoner.
“I’m delighted to have helped share this story. We all know the facts, figures, battles and historical significance of WWII, but it’s the undocumented personal histories of survival that must be shared so that we never forget,” Carinder said. “The book is being published in honor and memory of all those devastated, terrorized and affected by WWII.”