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Biography books by Acclaim Press

Joseph Gavi: Young Hero of the Minsk Ghetto
ISBN: 978-1-935001-38-6
Joseph Gavi Young Hero of the Minsk Ghetto

By Professor Carlton Jackson

What would you do if you were a ten-year-old boy and your city was invaded by a brutal army, your family and friends marched off to work each day – mysteriously, never returning?


This is the shocking but true story of Joseph Gavi, a small Jewish boy growing up in Minsk, Belorussia, during the German invasion of WWII. Relive unspeakable horrors surrounding Joseph’s struggle to simply survive – then to overcome – his brutal oppressors through covert action with the Freedom Fighters. Follow as he rescues more than 200 of his people from the imprisoning ghetto while constantly evading death by execution.


Read in Joseph’s own words the spellbinding detail of each harrowing escape, at times only inches from the promise of a torturous death. Experience the war-time betrayal of “loyal” friends and comrades as his post-war success in his homeland is thwarted by an old enemy, anti-Semitism.  Follow this national hero, mountain climbing instructor and scientist as he resolves to pierce the Iron Curtain and flee to America toward an illusive dream of success.

Carlton Jackson is a university distinguished professor of history at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., where he has taught since 1961. He is also the university’s Right Honorable Mace.


He has held four Fulbright senior lecturing awards and, in the 1989-1990 school year, was the bicentennial professor of American studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He has been on numerous lecture tours for the U.S. State Department and U.S. Information Agency in Asia, Europe and South America.


He has served as a visiting professor at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.; Tufts University in Medford, Mass.; the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii; Graz University in Austria; and Belize College in Belize.


Jackson lives with his wife Pat out in the wilderness of Butler County, Ky. In addition to his 20-plus titles, his most recent work is Freedom’s Way, a true account of the Underground Railroad.




“The art of relating history is in telling the big world story by means of the small personal one. In Joseph Gavi’s incredible journey, we can follow the greatest events of the 20th century. No Hollywood scriptwriter could have invented this plot believably – the most astounding thing about this ordinary life is how extraordinary it has been.”

– Barry Bernson, host

Good Morning Kentuckiana

WHAS-TV, Louisville, Ky.


“Carlton Jackson has produced an absorbingly written book about a most extraordinary man. It will long stand as a unique contribution to our understanding of the tragedy and triumph of the Jewish people in the 20th century.”

Hugh Phillips, author

Between the Revolution and the West:

A Political Biography of Maxim M. Litvinov

6" x 9" soft-cover
200 pages

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