Highlights From My Father's Remarkable Life
Michael Kaptzan’s life spanned the 20th century as well as the globe. Throughout his 85 years, he hopscotched from one hot spot of history to another—from the Russian Revolution in Siberia and the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 in Yokohama, Japan to confinement in Shanghai, China during WWII and dealing with the war’s aftermath in Tokyo as the Japanese struggled to rebuild, often traveling on little more than a homemade passport and an abundance of self-confidence and grit. Death, displacement, ambition and courage spurred him on to survive, make good and support his family. Drawn to challenges, he was able to turn disasters into windfalls; sometimes, the other way around. HiStory highlights key moments from this man’s remarkable life.