Six Years From Home :

A true story of an American boy’s survival

in Croatia, Italy and Egypt during World War II.

Anthony Farcich

Copyright 2013 Anthony Farcich

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Journey - “All Aboard”

Chapter 2 Some Kind of Miracle

Chapter 3 Boarding School and the Ruler Whack

Chapter 4 Catching Doves

Chapter 5 The Suitcase - “Keep Up or We Will Leave You

Chapter 6 Atrocities Begin, Innocence Lost

Chapter 7 Inside the Palace Walls

Chapter 8 Secret Mission - Secret Note

Chapter 9 Italians Out…Germans In

Chapter 10 First Job as Interpreter

Chapter 11 Escape to Allied Occupied Italy

Chapter 12 Interpreter from Italy to Africa

Chapter 13 Tents and the Sinai Desert

Chapter 14 Brits, Arabs and First Love

Chapter 15 The Last Bomb - Then Home

Chapter 1: The Journey – “All Aboard”

It had turned out to be a fine August day out over the San Francisco Bay, the wind calm, not a cloud in the sky, but with summer waning I felt the first nip of autumn in the air rushing through my father’s open window. My mother was in the front seat sitting opposite him. I was in the back seat with my younger brother Johnny. Johnny was making the sound of engines as he played with his miniature cars. I glanced over at him. He was a good kid but drove me to distraction at times. I stared back out the window, wishing he wasn’t so restless.

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