The Shoemaker: The Burning Flag of Tyranny, By Louis Kerbel, as told to Joe L. Todd
2021 [ISBN: 1-58107-351-5; 218 pages, 6 x 9 inches, soft cover], $15.95
Here is a great read, rich in history and vibrant in its human drama as told in Louis Kerbel’s own words about life as a young Jewish boy in Czarist Russia who lives through unimaginable violence to his people, then travels to the United States to start a new life.
Its passionate narrative provides a unique understanding of a time and place of long ago, along with the human tragedy experienced by the Jewish people, and of the remarkable strength of the human spirit.
It will help the reader to better appreciate the life a Jewish immigrant was able to live in a country devoted to individual and religious freedom.
Since his notable service in the U.S. Army and employment at the Oklahoma Historical Society, retired Major Joe L. Todd has been a volunteer for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library interviewing World War II veterans, conducting to date over 2,300 interviews which have been archived in various libraries and museums.
Todd has also authored two other book titles, USS Oklahoma, Remembrance of a Great Lady, published in 1990 by Taylor Publications, and Robert Huston, Oklahoma Rough Rider, published in 1998 by the Oklahoma Historical Society, helping to tell the story of military service.