About the Author
Hans Ludwig Riess was born in 1921 in Berlin, Germany to Jewish parents. As a child, he saw Hitler's rise to power in 1933. He viewed the damage of Jewish shops and fires of synagogues on 'Kristall Nacht' and his father being taken to a concentration camp. Mr. Riess was sent to England on a 'Kinder Transport' in March 1939 to study engineering and lived with a British family. He sailed during the war on a Japanese diplomatic ship from England via South Africa to Shanghai, China, where he worked for a British trading company. He witnessed the Japanese occupation and was permitted to continue working since he had a German passport. Mr. Riess arrived in San Francisco, CA in 1947.