A Pilgrim for Freedom
Historians and war veterans have written pages and pages on the significance of World War II in world history. Many have written about factual encounters, while others have written novels; some have focused on the harsh treatment of Jews by the Nazis or on the impact of the nuclear bomb on the future generations of Japan. Amid all the confusion and which country gained what, we forget the impact of war on the most ignored faction in any country: the common man. Many everyday people were forced to enlist or suffer consequences and were thrown onto the battlefield with only weeks of training, leaving behind friends and family. World War II ended with millions of internally displaced people, refugees, orphans, and widows. A Pilgrim For Freedom by Michael Novakovic is a detailed account of the suffering of a migrant family during World War II.
Michael was a member of a prosperous family in Split and lived a lavish life. At the age of eleven, he, along with his family, was forced to flee Italy as Fascists and Nazis invaded their hometown. Fearing persecution and constant airstrikes by the Allies, his family fled Split on fake documents. What then follows is a story of surviving hunger, executions, and narrowly escaping bombs as the family sought refuge in Europe. His family eventually immigrated to the United States via Argentina, and from there on is a story of success. As a boy robbed of his childhood due to war and migration, A Pilgrim for Freedom is also the story of Michael, as he makes his way up the corporate ladder as a member of military intelligence and eventually as a successful businessman.
The author has researched the history of armed conflicts during and after World War II remarkably well, and his attention to detail shows his dedication to his work. His account is a reminder of the psychological costs of war on millions of people, and it makes us appreciate our ancestors and their hardships even more. This book is highly recommended for readers interested in world history.