Odyssey of a DP

Memoirs of a Displaced Person

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
284 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2011
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Author Biography

Highly respected exposition designer, Vladimir Drobashevsky was borne in Belgrade, (former Yugoslavia) in 1929. Because of his Russian father's political ideology, the family fled from the advancing Soviet Army and Tito partisans, to Austria in 1944. They become Displaced Persons and eventually immigrate to America in 1949.
Vladimir served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and then earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Design. For the next forty years Vladimir designs national and international exhibits, as well as Nuclear Information Centers in the U.S. and Asia.
He enjoys caring for his handicapped wife and life partner for fifty-six years, Elfrieda, who serves as an example of perseverance and positive attitude to all who know her. They have one surviving child, their daughter Elizabeth.
Besides the wide recognition for his commercial work, Vladimir has also received an award for his chestnut-carved iconostasis design at his church in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

While Odyssey of a DP: Memoirs of a Displaced Person tells the story of one family, many people from that era lived the same hardships. They witnessed their homes being destroyed. They were uprooted and sent to refugee camps. Many of them made their way to the U.S. and began their life again.

Author Vladimir Drobashevsky and his family lived in Belgrade during WWII. They survived when their home was bombed. They were sent to a refugee camp in Austria. Drobashevsky dreamed of starting a new life in America. While waiting to become a citizen, he served in the army during the Korean War. The reader watches as Drobashevsky matures in this tale. Drobashevsky proves that with determination a man can forge ahead and overcome adversity.

Drobashevsky's memoirs transport the reader back into the past. He shares a part of history that is personal and not found in history books. This book is well-written. Mr. Drobashevky comes across as a humble, honest, and interesting person. I find him to be courageous and inspiring.