Charles G. Strasser From Refugee to OBE

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From Refugee to OBE

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THE LIFE OF CHARLES GAD STRASSER is well captured in the title, From Refugee to OBE. The reader will find not only a passionate personal story of one man's climbing of the mountain, but also an important historical rendition from war-torn Europe to the flourishing industries and institutions which have contributed to our current prosperous world. Charles Strasser fled from his native Czechoslovakia when he was 11 in 1938 just barely in advance of the Nazi war machine. Six years later he joined the allied armies and participated in the final victory. Before his twenty-first birthday he founded a company that would employ hundreds and have an international scope, with ties to Germany, Japan and many developing countries. While he excelled in business, it was for his many humanitarian services that he was awarded the distinction, Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He received his OBE from Her Majesty the Queen at an investiture in Buckingham Palace. The reader is invited to come along with Charles Strasser on his exciting journey from refugee to OBE.

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Excerpt from the Epilogue: ......... First of all I'm cosmopolitan. I feel comfortable in many different regions of the world, different cultures and spheres of interests. Part of this may have been the result of being uprooted at an early age from my Czechoslovakian culture and plopped down in the English Midlands. But more importantly I embraced the change. Even before leaving my homeland I was fluent in both Czech and German. In the Czech Army attached to the American Army at Nuremberg I soaked up American culture and indeed decided to take the name Charles at the suggestion of a G.I. friend. Later two of my best friends (who led me to Maureen) were Indian and Pakistani. And as my business grew it was necessary to travel the world, first Europe and then Asia, in pursuit of agencies. My religious journey also has a cosmopolitan nature. My parents were living in the Bet Alfa kibbutz in the British Mandate of Palestine when I was born. Disillusioned, they returned to Czechoslovakia four months after my birth and I was raised in a secular household. When adopted by foster parents in England, I easily became a part of the Church of England and am today a parishioner of St. Martin s Parish Church in Jersey. My wife Maureen is buried in the church cemetery and I expect to be also. But religion to me takes on a much broader concept than church buildings or dogma. My true religion is best expressed in the ideals of Rotary with its emphasis on Service Above Self and its objective of world peace and understanding. Politics is another area for self examination. A quote often attributed to Winston Churchill sums up my path. If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain. I was an ardent socialist in my youth. The siren call was strong. Socialism embraced the noble concept of altruism as the basis for government policy. It claimed that wars were caused by capitalism and only with social

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Your services to Keele University in Staffordshire and to Jersey are all well documented and serve as testimony to your generosity and far-sightedness. Your life has been a remarkable tale of adventure and fortitude. Recognition at the national level does not come easily. . . . --HE General Sir Michael Wilkes, KCB CBE, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, 1995 to 2000

Your Royal Highness and Chancellor, I present to you Charles Strasser, Serving Brother of the Order of St. John, Fellow of the Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, to be admitted to the degree of Master of Science, honoris causa. --Oration to HRH The Princess Margaret by Dr. David Cohen at Keele University degree ceremony

You are the pioneer of introducing the Japanese camera to Europe. --Sam Kusumoto, President Minolta Corporation

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