Book Underscores John Irtel’s Journey from Refugee to Immigrant

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“From the Land Beyond the Forest” is an engaging book where the author shares about his country’s history, his past, his new home, and his life

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Author John Irtel takes readers on an inspirational and, at the same time, educational literary journey and adventure as he presents From the Land Beyond the Forest. Part memoir, part historical, this book is an interesting, fascinating and entertaining account of his life, his country and his journey. Between the pages of this book, Irtel shares from whence he came, to his escape and survival, to his arrival and new life on a new land, and more.

This book is divided into two sections. The first part briefly deals with the history of the land and the Saxon people of Transylvania, including some traditions and customs, which were part of the author when he was young. The history of Transylvania is rich and long and would require much research to do it justice. The highlights pertaining to his own life include the aftermath of the Second World War, his escape from Romania in 1947, and his life as a refugee in Austria and Italy.

The second part of this book deals with the period from his departure from Europe to Australia as a nineteen-year-old immigrant, which posed as the biggest and most important challenge in his life. However, the curious fascination he developed for his new country and its people enabled him to adjust and assimilate into the community more easily than many others have done.

“I have seen more than seventy years of life passing by, from childhood to old age. I have seen many changes, enjoyed happiness and endured pain. I can truly say that life has been an interesting challenge,” shares Irtel.

Insightful and packed with entertainment, From the Land Beyond the Forest is a must read for those who love history and life’s journey—and those who are looking for a good read from this interesting genre.

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