Incredible Book! I highly recommend, especially for those who are interested in a new genre! This book jumped to the top of Amazon’s most popular Jewish history books for a good reason! The book contains a rich, informative historical background that sets the scene for Abraham and the challenges he faces! -Amazon Review
As the clouds of war and anti-Semitic feelings gather pace in 1930’s Europe, Abraham recognizes the danger that he and others are facing and decides to leave his comfortable life in Germany and travel with his family to Israel.
There he intends to make a new life, far from the gathering storm, but life as an exile means a different set of hardships and as a means to support his family he eventually enlists in the British Royal Pioneer Corps, the only unit in the British military where an enemy alien was allowed to serve. Within its ranks, fighting in desperate battles in Greece and Tobruk, Abraham must find deep reserves of strength and resilience if he is to survive the conflict and return to his wife, Genia, who is left struggling to raise their young son as a single parent in a new country.
As the war drags on interminably, Abraham is left shattered by his wife’s unexpected infidelity. But even greater challenges must be faced by his son, Aaron, who is sent to live in an orphanage. There, his struggles mirror those of his father and he too must find a way to survive the most arduous conditions until they can be reunited. Based on a true story and linked to the personal account of an Israeli Royal Pioneer Corps soldier,
The Long Way Home From Crete is a story of war, duty, love and honor, set against the backdrop of some of the most tumultuous events in history.
About the Author
Isaac Kal Born in 1958 , he is married and has 4 daughters .Isaac is an international businessman who lives in Toronto Canada. Isaac used to worked over 20 years for the Israeli Prime Minister office.
In the midst of the Covid-19 closure, the author had plenty of time to go through the photos and documents of his family. He found his grandfather’s soldier certificate and the date of his enlistment. While browsing online, he came across a group of relatives of the Israeli POW from WW2. he discovered the name of the unit in which his grandfather served (Port Operation Unit 1039). Interestingly enough,
his captain kept a war diary until his capture.
Through the stories and the dates in the diary, he was able to trace the route that his grandfather took until his capture. All he had left to do, was to dive into the depths of the research and the stories of the prisoners in order to develop the plot of the book. For the author it was definitely a real once in a lifetime experience.