Kapelis: The Hatmaker
by Andreas Kappa
A delightful and heart-moving account, KAPELIS “THE HATMAKER” defines human emotions at their ﬁnest. Kapelis is from generations of hat-makers. The Kapelis families were decent people. Journey through an anthology of modern Europe seen through the eyes of an ordinary family living through extraordinary times. The ceaseless struggle to return democracy back to the land of democracy’s birth. The moral protection of the Jewish people by Orthodox Hellenes against the pogrom inﬂicted on the Jews by the vile machinery of the evil Nazis in Modern Greece. A man whose motherland then ached from civil war, dictatorship, bankruptcy, endless adversity and utter evil. Justice prevails for Kapelis by applying ‘good versus good’ to cure his pain from living through a century of injustices. ‘Please come with me and enjoy this journey’ – Andreas Kappa
About the Author
The story was told by the humble old man in his eighties to the young author during his first journey to Greece visiting his grandfather in the village cradled by the high mountaintops of the Peloponnese . Keeping his notes for over 20 years, the author matured and was then inspired by the old man's voice from the tomb resonating through the handwritten notes he had taken as a young man. Andreas Kappa could only write this story to share with you after he had experienced life, all facets of human emotion and had the wisdom to tell the tale with care, skill and, above all, the deepest of love for his forefathers. Andreas wants to take your hand and show you the beauty of the written word coming to life. Pericles of Ancient Greece best summarizes how Andreas feels about telling this tale - "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Andreas Kappa hopes to weave into the lives of his readers the richness of a man's life that will inspire the reader to strive for goodness and not take joy in ambition and combativeness as second nature in our modern world of technology today.
reviewed by Lee Ware
"The atmosphere was electric. Greeks were meeting in secret everywhere." In clear and concise prose, Kappa delivers over two centuries of history from the continent of Europe. Unadorned with sentimentality, the writing reads muscular and passionate without any trace of overt manipulation. The author delivers story and action with a deft hand, choosing words for a meticulous and polished style. The reader feels the power of human emotions as the narrative spans the lifetimes of the Kapelis. The book showcases the enduring strength of family set against some of Europe’s most atrocious crimes, including the horrific holocaust of the Jews. In a wonderfully organized fashion, each chapter lists the place and year so that the reader may pick a point in history and jump in to catch up with the lives of the Kapelis. The story arc takes the reader on a linear journey of old-fashioned and decent people, reminding one of the humility and courage often missing from modern times. The Kapelis were skilled hat makers who made hats for the rich and powerful families of Europe. This was a seemingly simple profession—but one that allowed the family proximity to many important figures involved in wars and revolutions. Through the losses and gains experienced by the Kapelis, the reader is sure to be moved on this long, emotional odyssey. The historical markers lend context to the deeply personal story played out by the generations of the Kapelis. The turmoil and upheaval throughout Greece’s history make for an exhilarating and poignant setting for this stunning tale to unfold. Kappa’s chronology is sure to dazzle his readers for generations to come. ©2017 All Rights Reserved • The US Review of Books