One Man's Journey to Freedom: Escape From Behind the Iron Curtain

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The first 15 years of his life were spent in exile. After returning to Albania, he experienced firsthand the martyrdom of his homeland through World War II, the civil war that followed, and the subsequent brutal communist domination. He was forced to leave his medical studies, imprisoned, released, and then sent to work in one of the poorest regions in the North. While forced into hard labor he received the physical conditioning necessary for his tenth attempt at escaping the country. He left behind his parents and brother and risked risk a fate worse than death--capture hoping for a future and a life free from oppression. The miraculous story of One Man s Journey to Freedom: Escape From Behind the Iron Curtain provides a powerfully moving account of the heroic resistance against the destruction of humanitarian principles and persecution behind the Iron Curtain, and reminds us that history could repeat itself at any time and in any place.

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Gene X. Kortsha, M.S., arrived in the United States in 1955 and became an American citizen in 1961. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and Health Sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Gene worked for General Motors for 29 years, serving the last 13 as corporate director of Industrial Hygiene. He was elected secretary and subsequently president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He also served the profession as president of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene. Gene is an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University. He and his wife, Margaret, have three children and eight grandchildren.

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This book has all the ingredients of an exciting novel...drama, romance, suffering, hardship, friendship, sacrifice, betrayal, intrigue, human dignity, human savagery, endurance, expectation, surprise, illusion, disillusion, defiance, defeat, triumph, and much more. The book is full of such beautiful pieces to read along with very interesting events. All is skillfully and truthfully told. --Gjon Bucaj, M.D.

One Man s Journey to Freedom is Gene s detailed account of his life history set against the backdrop of the martyrdom of his homeland. This book not only adds to American historical literature but sheds some light on a neglected part of American history in the Balkans. --Ardian Ndreca, Professor, Catholic University in Rome, Italy

Prepare to go on an amazing journey that will inspire you in a special way and touch your soul forever. This is a book destined for greatness, one you will want to share with everyone you know and read more than once! --Michele Bondi Bottesi, Author, Psychologist

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