A Dream for Peace is the most surprising Memoir by an Ambassador published by Dr. Ghoulem Berrah Foundation in March 2019.
This very rich and captivating life story is paved with many bumps, twists, and turns, multiple lives in one life.
Freedom Fighter for the Independence of Algeria, Man of Science and Lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine, Ambassador, Dr. Ghoulem Berrah (1938-2011) was a tireless proponent of world peace.
The French edition Un Rêve Pour La Paix was published in 2018 by les Éditions de l’Archipel, in Paris, France.
The Algerian edition was released in December 2018 by les Éditions Dalimen, in Algiers, Algeria.
“ A detailed book about an extraordinary man and his belief that ‘only dialogue can save humanity from the perils of war.’” — KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Freedom fighter and globe-trotting diplomat Ghoulem Berrah’s memoir A Dream for Peace is an inspiring, detailed account of working toward peace." — FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS, Joseph S. Pete.
“A Dream of Peace is a life-changing book. It contains a wealth of wisdom and encouragement for all people of good conscience to promote a world full of peace and love and free of hate and bigotry.” — Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Imam & Religious Director Islamic Center of Greater Miami
Chapter 2 - Hardship and Prison
I snuck out of the gardener’s cottage in the dark of night and met up with her at the secret location where our trusted comrades were directed to pick us up. They pulled up in a black Citroen Traction Avant, which had been customized to hide us. I found out on the way to our drop-off point that she had not bothered to say goodbye to her sister who was her roommate and, like her, a nursing student.
There were five of us in the car, including Chouki, the Algerian pimp, who had played an instrumental part in avenging the beating of Khemisti. We headed south and arrived in the town of Saint Jean Pied de Port at the Franco-Spanish border, around ten or eleven o’clock at night, and met up with some smugglers. They asked for and received payment in advance. Chouki and the driver wished us luck. We followed the smugglers and vanished into the foggy night.
The border crossing was more like boot camp endurance training on an obstacle course. We trekked across the Pyrénées mountain range—a tough terrain with ancient trees, massive rocks, and gravels. To avoid detection, we crawled on our knees and elbows for several exhaustive hours until we arrived in Pamplona, Spain, in the early morning.
Chapter 5 - My American Experience
When he arrived at the laboratory at his usual time, he was ecstatic. He exclaimed, “Wow!” and gave me a bear hug. “Ghoulem, this is a miraculous breakthrough. Oh my God. This is a big deal! Big, big, big deal! This will set the scientific community on fire.” He broke into a rapturous laughter. At last, I felt a great sense of relief. We gave each other multiple high-fives and decided to publish our findings. “We’ve got to move very quickly and publish our findings, before someone else beats us to the punch.
I was the first scientist to ever give a hypothesis declaring that the discovery of an enzyme was necessary to effectuate the process of transmission. The enzyme was later identified by Professor Howard Temin as the “reverse transcriptase enzyme,” which is a factor inenabling specific RNA viruses to induce certain forms of cancer.
As a result of my initial discovery in 1961, and my hypothesis at the Houston symposium in 1962, Temin managed to isolate the enzyme’s immunologic structures later in the 1970s while conducting further research at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I was elected an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1966, and I became a permanent member in 1983.
Professor Temin, along with David Baltimore and Renato Dulbecco, shared the 1975 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. In the same year that I became a permanent member of the Academy of Sciences, Dr. Montagnier and his team discovered the HIV1 and HIV2 strains. Their research went beyond the development of measures to prevent the transmission of AIDS, a retrovirus, which reverses the normal pattern of replication in RNA. They discovered that retroviruses depend on the reverse transcriptase enzyme to use the genetic material in the white blood cells that they infect, in order for the virus to have the proteins they need to survive.
Chapter 10 - Israel and Palestine—Our Plea for Peace
At the service of peace toward the painful Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I used all the talents that the Almighty bestowed upon me, including a dogged determination, without ever holding back any effort. The president devoted all of his strength and energy toward a secret diplomacy — I was his trusted emissary.
Considering the excruciating pain and suffering inflictedon my people in the aftermath of the Algerian war, a bloody war that had left in its wake countless numbers of martyrs, I made the determination to work for a better world and find an alternative to war. I decided to dedicate my life to public service and work to establish a better understanding among all people through dialogue—for the sake of peace and justice.
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