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This true story is unrivaled for its unique contrasts and page-turning excitement. - From the author’s bloody encounter with US soldiers in WWII To his defending the West against Communism as a soldier in his former enemy’s army - From his days as a pigsty worker in postwar Germany - To his election to a public service post in American county government - From childhood torture by his Nazi parents - To the pleasures of living on isolated beaches of California’s Baja Desert - From poverty and hunger in the Communist East - To a life of plenty in the American West - From serving the officers of a prestigious British Regiment - To sharing life with oppressed Indians in the jungles of Central America
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My life began in 1928, in Berlin Germany where I grew up with difficult Nazi parents. At age sixteen, I faced US invading troops in battle and after defeat lived in Communist East Germany. In time, I fled across the iron curtain into the free West where I raised black-market pigs to survive. Later I served in various officers clubs of Germany’s British occupation forces which included the Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards. I had unsuccessfully tried to stow away but in 1952 reached the USA legitimately. Within months, I got an induction letter to serve in my former enemy’s army. When the Korean conflict ended, the army returned me to Germany to defend the West against a potential invasion by former Communist East-German buddies. In 1959, I graduated from UC Berkeley and soon served in local government as an elected county official. At age 54, I had fulfilled the American dream and retired to Mexico and later to Guatemala to aid the poor. Remodeling and reselling old houses in California provided me with more money than I needed for the simple life I preferred. During my stay with oppressed jungle Indians, I brought electricity to their village of 90 huts and later built two bridges to span jungle rivers. The bridges now give Q’eqchi’ Indians access to civilization and help them survive on depleted soils that no longer sustain life. I am the father of two and am happily married. Over fifty years I lived with three delightful wives of three different nationalities in succession.
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