Wwii + Vi – A Kid’ S Memories of War and Postwar

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A kid’ s memories of war and postwar I wrote this book on June 6, 2019, 75 years after D-day, the greatest invasion the world has ever seen. Seven thousand ships, 150.000 troops, 4,000 American and British deaths on the very first day! The courage of the men, who jumped from the landing ships into the sea, sometimes drowning with their heavy equipment, and stormed the beaches under heavy fire from machine guns, rifles and artillery salvos, is unimaginable. I can’t stop thinking about it today with a sense of awe and gratefulness.

About the Author – Johan Zwaan

Johan Zwaan was born in Gorinchem, Holland, in 1934. He lived there during the occupation of Holland by the Nazis from age 5 to 10 years. Later he attended the local classical high school Gymnasium Camphusianum, which he completed at the age of 16. He attended medical school at the University of Amsterdam. His studies were interrupted when he was drafted in the Royal Dutch Army in 1954. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Amsterdam in 1956. In 1960 he received the MD degree and three years later the Ph.D. for research started in medical school. The day after the defense of his thesis he left for the United States for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Research at Johns Hopkins Medical School. After seven years at the University of Virginia, he became a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He missed contact with patients and Harvard gave him three years leave, and at age 40 he entered an Ophthalmology training program in Albany, NY. On completion, he returned to Harvard for another 10 years, this time in the Ophthalmology Department. In 1988 he moved to the University of Texas in San Antonio as a Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Cellular and Structural Biology. After 7 years he was invited to join the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Three years later, in 1998, he returned to San Antonio and entered private practice. He retired in 2017. During his career, he published numerous scientific and clinical papers, book chapters, and a textbook, “Decision Making in Ophthalmology”(in 2014). After retirement, he took up non-medical writing.

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