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Harry Kapeikis’ ‘Exile from Latvia’ explores a firsthand account of fleeing communism

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a lively story told in first-person narrative style, a creative nonfiction memoir often using dialogue

The new memoir “Exile from Latvia: My WWII Childhood - From Survival to Opportunity” (published by Trafford Publishing), by author Harry Kapeikis, chronicles his life in occupied Europe from age 9 to 13, as his family fled the horrors of war.

“Exile from Latvia” opens with Kapeikis’ family cooped in a homemade air-raid shelter in Riga, Latvia. They soon flee Stalin’s invading army and are made refugees, homeless people on the move from Riga to Germany, eventually finding refuge in a displaced person’s camp near Augsburg, Germany, where they stayed from 1945 to 1949. The last chapter sees Kapeikis’ family sailing across the Atlantic to New York City.

An excerpt from “Exile from Latvia”:

“I hadn’t bathed for weeks and hadn’t eaten for several days – literally. I was very hungry and feeling tired and weak. In the German city we had left, there was nothing to eat. Nothing. The city with a name unimportant to us was in smoldering ruins. Even the train tracks were destroyed. The train could go no further west, so when we realized we had to leave the city, we left on foot.
Dad found a damaged wheelbarrow in a bombed out warehouse. He pushed it, loaded with all our earthly belongings: four suitcases and three backpacks. We walked in silence. What was there to talk about? The unthinkable had happened. The once unstoppable German armies, spearheaded by Panzer and Tiger tanks and the swift Luftwaffe, were losing the war and we were about to starve to death.”

Kapeikis is careful to reassure readers his account of the past is not dry and boring. “My book is not a running commentary of events, names, dates and places like the minutes of the last meeting,” he says, “but a lively story told in first-person narrative style, a creative nonfiction memoir often using dialogue.”

About the Author
Harry Kapeikis was born in 1935 in Riga, Latvia, and is the Harijs in the memoir. Kapeikis earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1960 and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California in 1968. In 1957 Kapeikis married JoAnn Doubek. In 1968, the couple moved to Alberta, Canada.

Kapeikis is also the author of the sequel to “Exile from Latvia,” entitled “Beyond All Dreams.”

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