Hank OpdenDries Releases ‘Footprints in the Sands of Time’

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New book chronicles one man’s incredible odyssey through life

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A story of survival and resistance in a time of unprecedented violence and treachery

One of 10 children, born in 1924 in a little Dutch town close to the German border, author Hank OpdenDries grew up in a world surrounded by farms and wooded hills, a life much in contrast to the fast-paced world most people understand. In “Footprints in the Sands of Time” (published by Xlibris) the author chronicles his life and the many incredible events that he went through.

As the hungry 30s set in, rumors of war precipitated by Hitler’s Germany threatened to turn Hank’s world upside down. When the invasion came, his world was transformed forever. Witnessing firsthand the German invasion of his homeland, Hank soon found himself, along with many other able-bodied Dutchmen, forced to work in the Ruhr to help the German war effort. Escaping back to the Netherlands, he went underground with a number of his friends, remaining in occupied Holland for the duration of the war. Helping to shelter a down British airman (who eventually escaped using the Dutch rail network while still dressed in his RAF uniform), he also saw Hitler’s infamous V-2 rockets take flight, along with the Nazi’s sadistic treatment of Holland’s Jewish population. Liberated from German occupation by Canadian soldiers in 1945, three years later, he found himself starting a new life as an immigrant to Canada.

Vividly retold, “Footprints in the Sands of Time” is a story of survival and resistance in a time of unprecedented violence and treachery. His story is not only about tragedy but also heroism. In short, it is the story of Holland in the Second World War and one man’s determination to build a new life for himself in the country that gave him his freedom.

“Footprints in the Sands of Time”
By Hank OpdenDries
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503560710
Softcover | 6x9 in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503560727
E-Book | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503560734
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Hank OpdenDries, passed away May 14, 2015 after 63 years of marriage. These memoirs have been written to capture the lives and faith of ordinary people who faced generations of change, turmoil and suffering, and ever strengthening in peace, hope and love. The author with little education as a child in Holland, had spent his lifetime continuing to gain knowledge, education, spiritual growth and various skills in order to support his family. OpdenDries is an accomplished bricklayer, auto body mechanic, dairy farmer, painter and most of all, husband and father.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.
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