Robert Scholten Shares Vexing Experiences as a WWII Survivor in New Book
From the creative and highly imaginative author, Robert Scholten comes a harrowing and deeply meaningful volume that is initially written 25 years ago that reflects the author's family and descendants' life before America (1923-1946) in Upheavals.
This book is a personal account of a Dutch adolescent and a young adult during the most crucial years of the 20th century in the western world, the years 192-1945, with the rise of Nazism in Germany, World War II and its immediate aftermath, as heard, seen and experienced by him in The Netherlands and in German prisons and contraception camps.
Poignant and highly interesting, this narrative is an account of Scholten's life as a young man in the Netherlands before, during and after WWII; the ascent of Hitler in Germany; the invasion of Holland; his life as an Amsterdam University student during the occupation; his involvement in the Resistance and arrest by the SS and interrogations by the Gestapo; the Dutch and German prisons and concentration camps; liberation by the US First Army; his role as an interpreter for the United Nations and the US Counter Intelligence Corps; his return home and the first-post-war year in Holland, Belgium, France and Sweden; his departure for the University of Michigan , ending with his first sight of America on his way to a new life.
Upheavals retells the years 1924-25 in the systematic way of a historian but in the more random technique of daily experiences which, in the best of words, would set the book unique and meaningful. Young, middle-aged, elderly, non-professional and professional-can truly identify with or relate to the real life scenarios revealed in this volume.
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About the Author
Robert Scholten is an Emeritus Professor of Geology at The Pennsylvania State University. He was born and raised in The Netherlands and came to the United States in 1946 to obtain his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan in 1950. His research at Penn State took him to a variety of countries, where his early love of languages, especially French, facilitated his work. Upon his retirement in 1985, his growing fascination with Baudelaire's Les f1eurs du mal led to the ten-year project of translation that bore fruit in this volume.
Upheavals * by Robert Scholten
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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