From the Author
Why did you write this book? Leon's story is compelling. His memory is prolific. When he tells a story it is riveting. As I turned 50 years old I began to reflect on my past. Using Leon as a guide I learned the truth about my heritage. It was part of a rich tapestry for 800-900 years in Poland / Galicia but suddenly turned into a nightmare within only a few years. Somehow this story got under my skin and made me a passionate, if not outspoken voice for those who were downtrodden, and worse.
What did you learn? So many things. I learned how to write a book. I now realize it isn't an impossible task. I learned about Poland and the the Jews of Galicia. Their lives were full of joy and hard work. They lived a slow life where the animals set the pace. Yet sparks of energy flew by, cars and fast trains. All things that inspire.
What is the most significant take away from reading this book? "Freedom. We have nothing without our freedom. It must be protected at all costs." - Leon Schagrin
What were some of the unforeseen consequences of writing this book? I met a world of people whom I would have never met. I was able to learn intimate details of their lives as they willing revealed themselves just because I took the time to listen.