Discover why Memoir readers of true life historical biographies can't put this down. The Soul of a Shoemaker is a fascinating story, an homage, and a retelling of my father’s journey to Canada with absolutely nothing in his pockets and how he built something spectacular. Born early in 1932, in the Croatian part of Yugoslavia, to parents who were farmers, Frank Katana apprenticed with shoemakers after the devastating war. "I was the only one who could never really adapt to the farm life. I was always looking for something easier than farming. I always wanted to achieve something on my own, whether in Austria or somewhere else." The somewhere else would be Canada, but not without the horrifying close calls once so familiar to people who attempted to leave Eastern Europe and so unknown to most Canadians. The painful memories of escape and resurgence in the new world are still there, but so is the drive that made it possible.