Immigrant Shares His Success Story in New Book

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Author George Karampas discusses tumultuous life in Greece and his life as an immigrant

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In his new book “The Immigrant: Facing Life with Courage” (published by iUniverse), George Karampas shares his story of being a young man fueled by his determination to survive and succeed.

George Karampas was a young boy living in a small village in Greece when WWII shattered his simple life. Through his eyes readers are given a glimpse into daily life in the village against a backdrop of war, hunger, poverty and the constant uncertainty of what each day would bring.

An excerpt from “The Immigrant”:

“I was barely six years old on October 28, 1940 when the drums of war became louder and Italy declared war on Greece. My father was 39 years old and my Uncle John, 32 when they both answered the call to defend the homeland. Within two days we saw trucks coming to town empty and leaving full of men going to war. I remember the people of my village gathering in the square and singing the National Anthem of Greece with such courage and enthusiasm that one would have thought that they were heading to a big celebration. The activity in the village was unbelievable.”

“I wanted my daughters, grandchildren and others to know my personal journey through life, and to convey a message that perils exist in life which with hard work can overcome,” says Karampas.

Karampas explains that it was not the horrors of the Italian or German armies during World War II that brought him to the United States. He also doesn’t attribute the Greek civil war with inspiring him to immigrate to America. “The Immigrant” follows his journey at 16 where, alone, he overcame language, illness and loneliness to live the American dream. It is a story of family, love, determination and perseverance.

About the Author
George Karampas is retired and lives with his wife in Ohio where he enjoys time with his four grandchildren.

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