by H. Claude Shostal
Claude Shostal’s family was one of the few families who successfully escaped from Nazi Europe in 1941. His parents created a good life for Shostal that allowed him to live out the American Dream, even through they arrived to America penniless and in debt. He has lived a rich life, marked by far more excitement and fulfillment than despair or disappointment.
How did a sick infant smuggled through France during the darkest days of World War II become a “Rockefeller guy,” grow into something approaching an elder statesman in New York’s civic community, and along the way compile a large portfolio of adventure travel? In Shostal’s words: “Of one thing I am quite certain: my story could not have happened anywhere else.”