One More Spring

A Story of Hope and Friendship

By Peter M. Kalellis

One More Spring

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  • ISBN: 9781592447206
  • Pages: 220
  • Publication Date: 6/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40
Web Price: $22.40

One More Spring

A Story of Hope and Friendship

By Peter M. Kalellis

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592447206
  • Pages: 220
  • Publication Date: 6/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40

About-

In the spring of 1941 the Nazis invaded Greece, and by the end of April, they had invaded most of the islands of the Aegean, including the beautiful Lesbos, home of young Takis (Peter Kalellis).

While cycling to school, fifteen-year-old Takis was horrified to see a swastika flying atop the old castle in Mytilene, the island's capital city. Later in the day, the soldiers ransacked his home town of Moria, and a Nazi lieutenant confiscated his bike. That night, under cover of darkness, Takis violated the curfew to remove the direction signs erected by the Germans. So began the struggle against the invaders.

This riveting account of fighting and enduring the occupation is both a memoir of harrowing times and a story of Kalellis and his three idealistic, fiercely loyal young friends who defy the invading powers and suffer the consequences of imprisonment and torture. It is also the story of the people of the ancient city of Mytilene who cling to the hope of liberation and freedom for three long years.

On September 10, 1944, Lesbos was officially liberated. The four young men who survived the occupation were able to see the emancipation of their beloved homeland, and life gradually returned to normal as they went their separate ways. As Takis left for America, his comrade Papavasile handed him a small vial, saying, "Take this with you, Takis. It is a little vial of earth - Greek earth. You can look upon it as an amulet to ward off evil and grief. There is nothing more precious, my son, than this little piece of Greece, cooled by nocturnal winds, baptized in the blood of the brave, and scented by Aegean breezes."

Takis kissed his hand. "I'll keep it close to my heart and draw strength from it."

"And some day," Papavasile responded, "come back to us."

Endorsements & Reviews-

"'One More Spring' is in praise of courage, friendship, and daring defiance against the horrors of the Third Reich. Does courage pay? Does friendship survive? Kalellis tells the story with the integrity of a priest that he was and the sensitivity of a therapist that he is."

Thomas A. Adams, psychologist

"In large and small theaters alike, Nazi brutality was boundless. The heroism of young Greek men who resisted is a story that needs to be told. It is a 'must read' as history and for our edification today. To the human cry of 'Never again,' Peter M. Kalellis adds his voice."

Irving Glovin, Associate Producer of 'Schindler's List'

"Fourteen years ago, I walked with Peter Kalellis...on the island of Lesbos. I remember his sadness and anger as he spoke of Nazi desecration of his beloved Greece, its people and places. Now, he returns to that time in his memory and recounts pain and horror, and young and courageous hope. When we emerge from the story, we have learned more about Peter and about ourselves."

Rabbi Joseph Goldman

"Peter Kalellis allows us to live the story of tragedy and triumph with him. It is a book that ought to be read by this generation of thoughtful people in order to grapple realistically with the question of why people do evil things to others, and how victims, who live their faith in such tragedies, respond to this evil. The reader will not soon forget this book, and in the best sense of the word, it is a seminal novel and deserves wide circulation."

Rev. Dr. Milton Efthimiou, Executive Director, Department of Church and Society, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America

Contributors-

Peter M. Kalellis

Bio(s)-

Peter M. Kalellis is a practicing psychotherapist who for many years taught psychology and counseling at Seton Hall University. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including 'Pick Up Your Couch and Walk: How to Take Back Control of Your Life'. He lives in New Jersey.

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