Dr. Kakis will speak about living in Greece during the Nazi occupation on Sunday, January 25th at 12:30 pm at St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 South Normandie Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90006.
Dr. Frederic J. Kakis is the author of the book Legacy of Courage, a fictional account based on the true story of his family’s survival from the Nazis in Greece. It is a story seen through the eyes of a young boy suddenly snatched from a life of comfort and forced to assume roles that no one had prepared him for. It is a story of intrigue and adventure, at times humorous, at times sad, but always interesting and exciting. Unlike most holocaust stories that tend to be sad and depressing, this story is uplifting and inspiring. In his book, he skillfully manages to concurrently provide details and background information about the historical events related to the Greek resistance movement and the major role it played in saving the lives of Jewish Greeks.
Born in Drama, Greece, and now a retired professor of Chemistry, Dr. Kakis graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York and earned the Ph.D. from Stanford University. He then joined the faculty and administration of Chapman University where he served as a professor of Chemistry, Chairman of the Chemistry department, Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.