Prof. Spas T. Raikin is born in the village of Zelenikovo, district of Plovdiv,
Bulgaria. After graduating from the Plovdiv Theological Seminary (1945) and the
Theology at the University of Sofia (1949), he was drafted to serve his military
in a slave-labor type of unit from where he defected on May 6, l951. After forty-four
forey in the Rodopi Mountain with an armed resistence group formed by him and his
defectors, he crossed the border into Greece.
These events are the subject of this second volume of his reminiscences (The first
volume is its Bulgarian version), to be published under the title “A Political
Against the Winds of the XX Century.” In exile he studied at the Universities of
Geneva, Basel, and King`s College in England, and after migrating to the U.S. - at
Columbia University where he received a M.A. degree in Political Science and History
(1959). Before retiring in 1991, he taught History of Civilization, Modern European
History and a number of related subjects at the Rio Grande College in Ohio, the State
University of New York at Potsdam and East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. In
exile he joined numerous organizations opposing communism and was the editor of
their periodicals and publications.