Two WorldsPosted by admin on 11/16/12 • Categorized as Fall/Winter 2012
By George Vilim with Frank S. Rogers’03
Auckland, New Zealand, 2011
Completed just a few weeks before his death, Two Worlds relates the captivating life story of George Vilim, who played a unique role in the Czech Republic’s transition to capitalism. The book begins in 1947 with 22-year-old Vilim catching a train from Czechoslovakia to Switzerland to attend college—forcing him to part with his parents and his girlfriend, Marica.
Four months later, Vilim is confronted by a communist coup that leaves him a refugee. He relocated to Montreal, Canada, where he created a life for himself in the financial sector, which at the time was quickly expanding due to opportunities in post-war Europe and the underdeveloped Middle East.
Two Worlds also touches on Vilim’s experience with love and family. He married a woman named Sylvia, with whom he has four daughters. After their divorce, Vilim reunited with Marica, nearly 44 years after they were forced to separate back in 1947.