Author Robert Scholten Speaks of the Traumatic Years 1923 to 1946 In Europe

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‘Upheavals’ is a tale of the years before, during and after WWII, of Dutch student life, the Resistance, prisons and concentration camps.

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Written nearly twenty-five years ago and staying as close to "what was" as possible, this volume evokes both the day to day life of the crucial nineteen thirties and forties and the abrupt dramatic changes, the upheavals, in the author's personal life. The book thus brings us the type of personal perspective on those years in Europe not found in history books.

At times poignant, at others gripping or humorous, the touching thread of a love affair with an attractive older woman runs as a thread through this account of Robert's life as an adolescent and young adult.

The story of 'Upheavals' is told in a creative style, in brief chapters about specific episodes in Robert's life as a student, the Resistance, his arrest, the Gestapo, life in concentration camps and prisons, his joy at an odd liberation by the U.S. First Army, and Robert's role as an interpreter for the United Nations and U.S. Counter-Intelligence in Germany.

The last pages speak off a heady post-war year back in The Netherlands, with travels to devastated Belgium, glorious Paris and wealthy Sweden. The end finds Robert on an oil tanker sighting the New World in 1946 for graduate studies at the University of Michigan.

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About the Author
Robert Scholten is an Emeritus Professor of Geology at The Pennsylvania State University. Born and raised in The Netherlands, he came to the United States in 1946 to obtain his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan. His research in tectonics about "upheavals" of a different kind, the folding and uplift of the Earth's crust in the formation of mountains, has taken him to four continents. An early love of languages, French in particular, not only facilitated his work but, after retirement, made it possible for him to translate the poetic works of Baudelaire and Rimbaud, published at Xlibris in 2011 and 2012.

Upheavals * by Robert Scholten
A Memory
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4836-6950-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4836-6951-9
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