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Have you ever wondered why so many unemployed and desperate refugees traveled to America and other nations of the world to work and feed their families? Why millions of immigrants risked their lives (one out-of-seven die) traveling in shabby boats across treacherous oceans and far away continents? Why did they abandon their families, their homes and their country not knowing if they will ever see each other again? Alienated from their loved ones, no one to welcome them in foreign lands, no money in their pocket, no place to stay, and unable to communicate, how did they survive?

My name is Thanasis Elias Vavaroutsos and I have an incredible story to tell you. I was born in Sparta Greece and at the age of seventeen I left my country because it was devastated by wars, unemployment and hunger. It was perhaps the worst epoch in Greece’s modern history, a chaotic and violent era, filled with fatal toxins, and evil people.young Tom Greece early 1934

My childhood years were like a never-ending nightmare, consisting of a vicious World War II, a brutal oppression of Greece by the Nazis forces, a deadly depression and a lethal civil war. During the oppression and depression 620,000 Greek civilians died from starvation, executions, diseases and imprisonment.

My father, unemployed and with eight mouths to feed, made the ultimate and most difficult decision in his life. He left his wife, his five young children and his country behind, to find work in a far-away unknown land with unfamiliar people and a dissimilar society.



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BOOK REVIEW POSTED IN AMAZON.COM BY KELLY HANSON FRO LONDON, UK.

I really like this. It is a book that touches you and teaches you at the same time. The language is beautiful. Had to believe it was written by a non-native English speaker, even with editing. It just flows. Moving descriptions of life before, during and after Nazi occupied Greece, with all the sweet details of daily life, hard chores, and community life, all painting
such a lovely, and then horrible scene. This book in addition to being a memoir
includes a summary of Greek history from 500 BC to the present, including the current (2010) economic crisis. ****

 

Originally, The Odyssey of an Immigrant was written for my three American-born children and Grandchildren. However, there are three million other Greek-Americans living in America today, and another three million around the world.

To the readers of Hellenic descendency, this book will bring both tears of pain from the knowledge of the suffering of our ancestors, but also joy and pride at being part of the Hellenic heritage. To the millions of all other ethnic-immigrants around the world; although this book was written from a Greek-immigrant’s point of view, I believe that any one of you from any ethnicity could have written it; this is your story as well.

History tells us that when Columbus discovered the “Americas” in 1492, the only Native Americans in this country were the “American Indians.” During The American Industrial Revolution, foreigners from poor countries around the globe began to immigrate to America to find work and live a better life. After WW-I and WW-II Eastern Europeans came to America by the millions, and today America is known as a “nation of immigrants.” Thus, it is safe to say that almost all people in America today, are sons and daughters of immigrant ancestors.


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I consider myself fortunate, because when I arrived in 1954, the progress of immigrants in America had changed dramatically from yesteryears, and foreigners seemed less “strange” to the American people.

However, many immigrants that came to America during The Industrial Revolutions and at the end of WW-I, were not as fortunate. They were mistreated, they worked laboriously every day, their living conditions were awful, and their “American Dream” unattainable. They became victims of devious bosses, they suffered, they fell ill and many of them died, never to see their family again.

The privileged nations of the world should understand that although not as prosperous, the immigrants are equally as proud of their ethnicity, their culture, and their heritage.

They should also recognize and appreciate the tremendous effect and positive impact the multinational cultures have had in their new countries, and the stimulus the injected in their economies. In addition, with mixed ethnicities, diverse societies, and a variety of cultures, the immigrant-hosting nations of the world benefited as much from the immigrants, as the immigrants benefited from them.

 

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