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The author recounts his lifes experiences from the date of his birth, May 25, 1932, through 2015. Although his family was German, they lived in a small rural Polish village, Ebenau, at the time of his birth. He describes what it was like to live during World War II in an area in Poland that went from occupation by the German army to occupation by the Russian army later in the war. His family moved several times, sometimes due to forced resettlements and sometimes of their own volition. Here is a firsthand account of how people managed to survive under unimaginable conditions. Although his father joined the Nazi party in order to reap the benefits, his mother was strongly anti-Nazi. His older brother, who served in the German army, was captured by the Russians and was a prisoner of war for quite some time. His family believed him dead until they suddenly heard from him, two years after the end of the war. In 1951, at the age of 19, the author decided to migrate to the United States, at the urging of his older sister, who had married an American and was living in Maryland. He tried many occupations, including a three year stint in the U. S. Army, over the next several years and eventually settled on house construction and cabinet-making. He is now retired and resides in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife who is in the real estate business. He enjoys cooking, especially baking pastries, as his friends will attest.