I n t r o d u c t i o n
middle name is Klim and my first name is Kalman. In
Romania, I was known only by my Russian middle name Klim,
while in America I am known only by my Hungarian/Jewish
first name Kalman.
This is a true
story of my great escape from Communist Romania at a time
when leaving Romania was more than difficult, it was
impossible! So for those not familiar with the political
situation in Romania in the late sixties under the
unscrupulous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, we need to start
with a small political background of Romania. Moving on,
we continue with a little background of myself and of my
efforts to legally leave Romania. The apparent
insurmountable obstacles that I had to face during that
period of time are revealed in chronological
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The turning point
came on Sunday April 6, 1969 --a day that triggered a
frantic race against time. The next and my last six (6)
days in Romania from Sunday April 6, 1969 to Saturday
April 12, 1969, were critical with many traps
awaiting me. After describing all this, we enter into the
meat of the story -- the great escape! My first days in
America and my first job in Chicago will also be part of
this surreal story.
convenience, the Table of Contents (TOC) below identifies
every part of the story with the corresponding page link.
Thus, from this Table, which acts as your navigational
center, you can access directly any part of the story.
However, to truly enjoy this story, as in a mystery
novel, you should not skip any of the parts. So, happy
reading and, if your are ready to begin, simply click on
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