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David BialeThrough this life, so passionately told, we gain invaluable insight into some of the secrets of modern Jewish suffering and survival.
—editor of Cultures of the Jews
After the liberation, the young survivor became caught up in Europe's robust black market. With little money or formal education, and knowing no English, he immigrated to San Francisco in 1947 and within a year opened an ice cream shop in the city's outlying, foggy Sunset District. Only a decade later Joe Pell was well on his way to becoming one of the leading real estate developers in Northern California.
Taking Risks, related in a taut and vivid style, is his story-one of loss and torment but also daring, ingenuity, and uncommon resilience.
|Prologue: Nazi-Occupied Ukraine||1|
|2||Out of Place||19|
|3||Life under Stalin||39|
|4||Purely by Chance||51|
|5||In the Partisans||68|
|7||A Strange Freedom||111|
|9||Reading the Signs||147|
|10||Becoming Joe Pell||167|
|11||A Time to Build||184|
|12||My Family and My World||207|
|Afterword and Acknowledgments||225|
Posted November 27, 2005
Written in a vivid style, this work is both saddening and triumphant. His accounts of taking revenge against those who had destroyed his family and his people will have you cheering while you read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.