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Jerry Karapalides, Life Well Traveled

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From watching his Jewish friends being taken away by the Gestapo and his father being imprisoned by the Nazis, to being escorted by andartes through the Yugoslavian and Greek mountain trails to reach his village of Sklithron and escaping the Communist attempt to recruit him, to firing the first shot in the Battle of Amynteon during the Greek Civil War and leaving his family and home to travel halfway around the world to Toronto, to finally settling in South Jersey to a life of a typical diner owner and family man, Jerry Karapalides has traversed a well-traveled road of life.