5-15-12: Charles Heller’s Long Journey
None of the people who knew Charles O. Heller when he rang the Dingman Center on Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, or when he taught aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, when he started several software businesses, or who knew him as neighbors around Annapolis–none of these people knew that as a 9-year-old boy in Czechoslovakia at the end of World War II, he picked up an abandoned gun and shot a Nazi in the chest.
For decades Heller didn’t tell anyone, until he prepared to write the memoir he published last year: Prague: My Long Journey Home.
Today, Sheilah talks to Heller about life during wartime for a Catholic-Jewish boy in Czechoslovakia.
Heller talks about how he was able to go so long as a child without understanding that he was part Jewish, even as family members disappeared around him:
Hear the rest of Sheilah’s interview with Charles Heller, including another passage from the book: