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The Sky Is Not the Limit

ISBN: 9781935666523
Binding: Paperback
Author: Robert O. Fisch
Pages: 256
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 1/8/2013

The Sky is Not the Limit presents the accumulated wisdom of a life lived under extraordinary circumstances. The author grew up Jewish under the shadow of the Nazi regime and later participated in an anti-Communist uprising. A practicing physician he immigrated to the United States to continue his pediatric practice. The principles he developed along the way are presented here in the form of aphorisms that readers can apply to daily living accompanied by crisp works of art.

Among the concepts Dr. Fisch advances are how suffering and hardship can lead to gratitude and appreciation. He stresses the importance of retaining our humanity on occasions when vengeance and hatred might seem to be the "natural" response. Dr. Fisch also emphasizes the importance of enjoying life fully through art music and play. Veins of humor run through even his most dire reflections on life and death and the book also contains chapters on aging love marriage and family and the emotions.

Robert O. Fisch is a native of Budapest Hungary and a survivor of the Holocaust. After escaping from Hungary he became a medical intern at the University of Minnesota and was a professor of pediatrics there from 1979 until his retirement in 1997. Dr. Fisch is known internationally for his clinical research in phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic disease. For his heroism the Hungarian government awarded him a medal in 1995 and knighthood in 2000.

An award-winning artist Dr. Fisch's first book Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust is an eloquent portrayal of his Holocaust experience. His other books include The Metamorphosis to Freedom Dear Dr. Fisch: Children's Letters to a Holocaust Survivor and Fisch Stories: Reflections on Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and The Sky Is Not the Limit

"'WE ARE ALL MIRACLES' says Robert Otto Fisch brushing the word away with his hands like a mosquito on a summer night. He is a Holocaust survivor a doctor an author an artist and somehow an optimist yet still he isn't convinced he belongs to a select group. "Stop on any street corner " he says "and you will find somebody extraordinary." And so we did in a way talking to many individuals whose struggles represent the best of the human spirit. What follows (including the journey of Dr. Fisch) are some of the most remarkable breakthroughs quests survival tales and other amazing stories we've ever heard-from the extraordinary lives of ordinary Minnesotans..." - Minnesota Monthly