From the book
It is fitting and proper to write an introduction to the projected first volume of my life’s history. I hope that it will be of interest to you. This volume has been in the making for more than a year. The necessary revisions and corrections have been made.
While correcting and revising the text I was reminded of a term paper for a course of philosophy I had taken at Columbia University in the late 1940-1950’s. I got it back from the instructor with a big A for philosophy yet, underneath of the A of which I was proud, there was the following remark: "thanks God that I am not your English teacher". Several of the unrevised chapters merited a very well deserved F. Hopefully they will be found more acceptable in their revised form.
The period described in this first volume covers 1933-1945 during which much happened to a very young male: new countries, new languages and new friends. I was being formed; my life was beginning to take shape. I was still groping for a future and what a future it has been! In my wildest dreams I never imagined that I would be spending most of my adult life in The Netherlands. For future volumes I still have much to write. This is just the beginning.