From School to Sky tracks the amazing story of Joseph Halpern, snatched from his small Polish/Jewish community at the age of sixteen to become a Russian fighter pilot.
His adventures and determination lead him to become a hero of the Soviet Union, a fighter pilot in the 1948 Israeli conflict, and eventually to the shores of Canada.
This is a story, many stories in one, that you will never forget.
You won’t be able to put this book down.
This courageous Jewish veteran describes his unforgettable wartime experiences with humour and intelligence. His adventures as a fighter pilot in the Russian air force were so astonishing that I was left breathless.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in history, or simply wants to read a truly gripping memoir.
George Halpern had made his reputation as “Georgie Bones” known as a skilled blues guitarist, singer-songwriter—and mean harmonica player. He performs a very successful tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn with his band Cold Shot. In 2021, he was awarded a life membership by the Toronto Musicians Association. The award cites his “solidarity with…fellow musicians, which helps us to grow as a musicians’ community and achieve fair working conditions and dignity as working musicians.”