Reader testimony – Ciel

Wow! What a wonderful book! We must never forget the toll World War II took on all families, no matter what the nationality. The upheaval in Europe was felt everywhere. Yet there is something so beautiful here also – the resilience of the human spirit and the love that binds a family is hard to put into words. Thank you for this account, Mr. Maroscher. And thank you for putting your appreciation for America here also. The U.S. needs to take note.
-“Ciel”, via

Signing at the Book Loft


Gerhard signed books yesterday at The Book Loft in Columbus’s German Village from 1pm until about 4pm.


The already-cramped spaces were packed with Sunday shoppers, and Gerhard chatted with old friends, new friends, and even a distant relative!






Gerhard’s earlier books, his collection of German Readers to help learn the German language are also for sale at The Book Loft.




Book review: Hopewell’s Library of Life

Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here has been reviewed by Lisa, a writer and librarian in southern Ohio. Her most recent blog post discusses Gerhard’s book about his family’s experience in Europe and America and compares it to another book which connects the Japanese and American parts of the war.

I always like to support local authors and when a local author writes a memoir so readable it could be a novel, I’m even happier to endorse and promote it. Gerhard Maroscher’s oddly titled memoir, Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? is a book I think any World War II buff will enjoy.

Lisa also points out that Gerhard’s book is a good way to read rare first-hand accounts of the refugee experience in America.

the entire book is excellent

Read more of her review here: Hopewell’s Library of Life.

Order Gerhard’s Book here:


Why can't somebody just die around here?
by Gerhard Maroscher, $24.95

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If you want more than one copy you will have the opportunity to change the quantity on the next screen.

Media Mail postage is $3.99 per book. Sales tax will be added to orders for Ohio residents.

For the moment international orders are being handled directly with Gerhard.
Orders will ship within 1-3 days via USPS Media Mail, which takes 2-9 days to arrive.