Otto Schmalz lived in Germany during the Nazi era. The hard times he experienced as a child during the war and living amongst the ruins of his hometown, Hannover, West Germany, gave him the drive to leave his homeland in 1951 and immigrate to Canada. Arriving with only five dollars in his pocket, the shirt on his back, no job, and no knowledge of the language or rules and regulations of the land, he worked hard to build a good life for himself and his family. By the time Schmalz went touring Europe nine years later, he had already developed an interest in photography, and the fruits of that interest grace the pages of this book and his other memoirs, which his daughter encouraged him to write. This book, in line with his others, covers a special four-month period of his life.
Schmalz is a professional electrical engineer. He has already published five books covering his life experiences up until 1969, when he turned thirty-seven: As the Bombs Fell (2018), Out of the Ruins (2019), Time for Taking Chances (2020), Taking Chances (2020), A Journey back to Europe (2021), and To Abu Simbel and Back (2021).
Schmalz lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his spouse of sixty-five years, Gertrud.