Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm
Join Us This Evening for a Presentation and Booksigning From Sarajevo in 1921 to New York in 1956 and beyond, this is a memoir of Mr. Levi's journey—before, during, and after the Holocaust—over continents, through wars and peace, hatreds and brotherhoods, successes and hardships, uprootings and setting up roots again. It was a particularly winding and arduous road, from the 1940 student revolt that toppled the pro-Nazi government in pre-war Belgrade to the 1941 escape from native Quislings in Sarajevo; from a three-year confinement as an enemy civilian during WWII in Asolo, Italy, to the chasing out—in 1941–45—of the Yaeger Division in the last year of war in Dalmatia; from battling Soviet attempts to dominate Yugoslavia in 1948, to becoming a journalist with the world as his beat. While reporting from the UN on the Soviet invasion of Hungary, he sought asylum in New York in despair over his homeland ever becoming a democratic nation. At 35 he started a new life in America, as a laborer, draftsman, sales clerk, and eventually executive of two national non-profits. The Last Exile is about a youth with literary ambitions in a sleepy town in the Balkans who survives on the periphery of the Holocaust and finally makes it as a man in the center of the world. His new book, Requiem for a Country, takes another look at the same life and times, but it expands into a political memoir and history lesson. Its text reads like an adventure novel, yet it can serve as a geopolitical primer, with footnotes and annotated, tackling the controversies of our times.