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«Η ΖΩΗ ΜΑΣ» (our life) is a homage and a spiritual journey to our origins, our place of birth. I wanted to learn about our family's life in Kefalonia and its trials and tribulations in some very challenging times. Its occupation by the Axis Powers in WWII, the subsequent Greek Civil War, and the devasting earthquake that caused great damage to much of Kefalonia, aggravating the severe poverty that most Kefalonians were already experiencing. I also thought it would be a lost opportunity for us not to share our family's story with our descendants and the subsequent emigration to America.In addition to the family history, "Our Life" compares democracy versus communism, the American and Greek Civil Wars and their impact on each country, the fundamental issue of slavery and why it was so vile, criminal, and wrong, and the plight and betrayal of the American Indians as a result of the migration of the white men to the Americas.My book also outlines the seminal impact of the initial Greek victories over Italy in WWII and their significant ramifications to the world, and explains how a young Evzone's sacrifice reinforces and represents the strong and unconditional love of freedom of the Greek people.This book was hard for me to write as some of the discussions of our past were difficult and heart-wrenching, but our story had to be told for the benefit of our descendants. I hope you will feel these same emotions as you read Our Life and that my book will empower and motivate you and your descendants to be the best you can be.Bottom line, I want our Greek descendants not to forget us, and most important, never forget who they are and where we came from!
Louis Garbis has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an MBA from Roosevelt university. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of risk management and insurance. From a young age, Lou has been a student of life, with a heavy focus on world history and other germane areas impacting our planet. "We learn from the past to better our future."