17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to by Daniel Milstein

By Daniel Milstein

On a chilly December evening in 1991, a tender boy with seventeen cents in his pocket first set foot within the usa. 20 years later that younger guy stumbled on himself the founder and CEO of a Multi-Million buck company. Daniel Milstein’s harrowing tale approximately how his mom, father and brother escaped the oppressive executive of the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the USA and carved out a lifestyles for themselves has been defined because the imperative immigrant tale of the era.

17 Cents and a Dream starts with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein family’s difficult existence in Kiev, Ukraine below the oppressive govt of the previous Soviet Union. He remembers how he and his relatives have been tormented by the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear strength plant: Daniel used to be ten years outdated, and the catastrophe happened in basic terms seventy eight miles from their domestic, killing 100,000 humans and spreading toxic radiation through the surroundings. many years later the relations, suffering opposed to poverty, executive oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a mystery plan to escape to the US. After a slender get away, the kinfolk arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan with out realizing of English and few property. younger Daniel had in basic terms seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him by way of a pal to hide the price of a postage stamp so Daniel may well ship him a letter. within the resulting years, Daniel persisted severe poverty, unending starvation, relentless bullying from his new classmates, and vicious mistreatment whereas operating lengthy hours mopping flooring and cleansing toilets.

“The endless experience of starvation within the pit of my stomach,” he writes, “became part of me and manifested into the force to do extra, to be extra, so my relations might consume with no worry.”

That starvation, plus the paintings ethic instilled in him via his grandfather, fueled Milstein’s choice; after graduating from university, he labored for numerous monetary associations and used to be always promoted as a result of his powerful paintings ethic.

But maybe most provoking is Milstein’s braveness and sheer dedication as he started to construct upon his luck on this planet of finance, operating more durable and longer than somebody else till establishing and starting to be his personal multimillion-dollar corporation, Gold megastar personal loan monetary staff.

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He asked his friend Sheikh Mahmoud Tabari (so called after Tiberias, which in Arabic is Tabariah) for a horse and was given a sturdy steed. His plan was to ride first to Tiberias. The route took him through the towns of Ableen and Hittin, passing through A’yn Mahel. Hittin, eight kilometres north-west of Tiberias, was a particularly attractive village with breathtaking views. Its houses stood on descending terraces. Built of stone, with roofs made of arched wood, these dwellings were surrounded by orchards.

Jaffa was the Mecca of Palestine to which all roads led, much like ancient Rome. In Haifa, Jaffa Road was the town’s principal artery, originally connecting the eastern and western gates. This was also the main market street, divided into sections, each housing a specialised trade. It was by following this road that Najib fled the city. The covered marketplace he passed had been cleaned just before the start of the war, its roof repaired, its alleyways paved with tile. Further east along the seashore were to be found the oldest public buildings: the post office and government house, which 17 A Rift in Time was locally referred to as the saray (Persian for house).

Najib listened intently. He was now convinced that he must not give himself up. He had to go into hiding. Once he had made the decision, he began to feel that all eyes were upon him. I know that feeling also. In its early days the offices of the human rights organisation I had helped establish, Al Haq, were stormed by the Israeli army. After that they kept us under surveillance. On one occasion I went into the office to smuggle out some files and as I walked into the street with them I felt that everyone was looking at me.

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