Author Gerhard Maroscher will be signing copies of his book "Why Can't Somebody Just Die Around Here?" at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Germania Singing and Sport Society, 543 S. Front St. in Columbus' Brewery District.

His book is the story of his family's survival of World War II, escaping communism and finding a home in the United States.

It is the winner of the Independent Author Network's 2016 Book of the Year award in the Non-Fiction/History category.

Maroscher will talk about the book and his family's experience.

During the war his family was living in the rural Transylvania region of central Romania.

The book recounts the story of his family becoming refugees, fleeing communism, starving after the war and eventually traveling to the U.S. to live the American Dream.

As a child, the author lived in Romania, Hungary, Communist East Germany and West Germany. In 1952, the Maroschers relocated from West Germany to the United States.

Gerhard attended public schools and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in mechanical engineering degree.

He worked in industry for 34 years after having served in Vietnam. When he retired at 59, he became a high school German teacher.

It was while teaching that he began to consider writing a book his family's history.

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