Leaving home. Taking only what could be carried. Not knowing when we would return, if ever. It was the choice made by millions, a choice imposed by war. The alternative was death. Or worse. The unknown was better.So begins this story of survival at impossible odds.Part history and part memoir, this book takes us into the surreal world of war as seen through a child's eyes, but reflected in adulthood in the very different light of retrospect many years later. It is the story of perseverance, in the face of overwhelming peril, that will touch the reader with its sincerity, poignancy, and warmth.Numerous books about the civilian World War Two experience deal with the Holocaust and Nazi crimes against humanity. Very few address the horrors implemented by Soviet Russia and the plight of thousands-hundreds of thousands-who fled to escape them.This book is one of those few. Al Karasa lived through the horrors of World War Two in Europe as a child and witnessed, first hand, man's inhumanity to man on a cataclysmic scale. It is stuff of which nightmares are made. The author learned, used and forgot the rudiments of more languages by age seventeen than most of us engage in a lifetime. Changing countries more often than the stages of the moon became the norm during his family's escape westward.This is the story of that escape. For more about the author and his work, visit www.alsbooks.com.
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After a childhood in Europe during the cataclysmic years of World War Two, Al Karasa emigrated to the U.S. and continued his education after its brutal interruption during the war. He is multi-lingual and writes in two languages: English and Lithuanian. An eclectic writer since his college days, exponent of many talents, skier, and sometime river rat, Al Karasa holds 15 engineering patents, secured during his tenure in that field, and pursues an interest in history and the heraldic arts. A longtime sailor in vessels ranging from small sailboats to ocean going ships, Karasa spent many years at sea. Avid scholar of high performance driving skills, he continues his association with sports car racing and race driving education. He writes extensively in all these subjects with an eye to authenticity derived from personal participation. For more about Al and his work, visit belgate.tripod.com SHORTLIST - Books: Rolling Wind (to be published soon) The Last Golden Smile (narrative nonfiction) Sidney's Pub and Other Salty Yarns (humor) Firehead's Malice (historical fiction) Drive Smart! (nonfiction) Sherridan's Rain (novel) New Lines from the Old Line State (anthology of MD writers) Magazines: The Armiger's News Maryland Life Sailing Stopwatcher Lithuanian Heritage Chesapeake Bay Magazine Sports Car Graphic Motorcycle Times (columnist) Wargamer's Digest (columnist) The Courier (columnist) MCA Magazine (columnist) Miata Magazine (feature writer) BKC Newsletter (editor) American Whitewater Gazette (editor)
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Book Description Aeon Publishing Inc., 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9781605947105
Book Description Aeon Publishing Inc., 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111605947105
Book Description Aeon Publishing Inc. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1605947105 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1666646