From the Burma Railroad to the US: Author Merlene Byars-Klutzow Shares Husband's War and Success Story

New memoir explores powerful journey of World War II veteran and life as a POW.

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Events beyond his control, traumatic experiences and the strength to endure shaped the path of his life.

Columbia, S.C. (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

During World War II, it is estimated that more than four million Indonesians died from starvation and forced labor. Dr. Friedrich Klutzow, a young soldier at the time, survived imprisonment and went on to a life of faith and success.

“Fate, Faith, and Fortitude: How the Burma Railroad Shaped the Life of an Ex-POW” details the account of Friedrich Klutzow and his life experiences, including in-depth looks at his time in a Japanese war camp during World War II. Klutzow worked on the Burma Railroad for the Imperial Japanese Army and his experiences, including the harsh treatments, are exposed.

In addition to his years as a POW, the book shares the amazing transformation of a young soldier from Indonesia to a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and his service during the Vietnam War. Along with his military service, Klutzow has 12 years as a practicing physician-surgeon and obstetrician in rural Maine and Wisconsin and 30 plus years in academic medicine.

The book’s title reflects the three ways in which Klutzow’s life changed over the years. Events beyond his control, traumatic experiences and the strength to endure difficulties shaped the path of his life and taught him a variety of lessons and skills. “Fate, Faith, and Fortitude” is an opportunity to share with others the importance of perseverance.

“I wrote this book to record and compile the stories of my husband’s experiences as young POW, as well as the remarkable journey that followed,” said Byars-Klutzow. “Preserving history and sharing these powerful stories is extremely important.”

For more information, please visit bookstore.xlibris.com.

“Fate, Faith and Fortitude: How the Burma Railroad Shaped the Life of an Ex-POW”
By Merlene Hutton Byars-Klutzow
Hardcover: $28.79
Paperback: $18.69
ISBN: 978-1-40108-047-1
Available at bookstore.xlibris.com, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

About the author
Merlene Byars-Klutzow is an artist, gardener and writer with a fascination with history and genealogy. She worked as an accountant for more than 30 years and has published many of her own books and artwork. She currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, Dr. Klutzow.

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