Squint: My Journey with Leprosy (Google eBook)
In his acclaimed memoir German Boy: A Refugee's Story, Wolfgang W. E. Samuel relates his experiences as a child surviving war and its hellish aftermath in occupied Germany. On January 24, 1951, exactly six years after his traumatic flight from Russian tanks, Samuel finds himself standing at the railing of a ship taking him to the land of his dreams--America. Coming to Colorado is the story of a refugee from war and deprivation, who at age sixteen, not understanding a word of English and with barely an eighth-grade education, leaves behind all that is familiar. Scarred by the violence, rape, and death he has seen, Samuel must first learn to be a boy again. But every relationship he tries to build must overcome the specter of his childhood experience in World War II and the chaos that followed. Shortly after his arrival in Colorado, Samuel spends what little money he has on a pair of second lieutenant's bars that he finds in a Denver pawnshop. These bars, just like those worn by the American pilots he idolized during the Berlin Airlift, remind him of the airmen and the planes that instilled in him a dream to fly. That aspiration, however, faces long odds. Struggling to learn the English language and American customs, Samuel begins to lose faith in his abilities, suffers depression, and is haunted by both recurring nightmares of his violent past and survivor's guilt. Coming to Colorado charts the path of Samuel's eventual triumph. In 1960, his proud mother saw pinned on his shoulders the gold bars of a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. It was the end of a struggle for the German boy, who had become, as he wished, the ultimate American. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel Wolfgang W. E. Samuel is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Story, I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II, and American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets, all published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
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This important book not only chronicles one man's journey with the potentially physically disabling Hansen's Disease, but also addresses the collatoral damage done by the fear, prejudice, and misunderstandings about leprosy that continue even into our modern times. Ramirez dispels the myths about HD and advocates for sufferers world-wide who have been marginalized in the interest of "protecting society".
Squint: My Journey with Leprosy (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography)User Review - Book Verdict
This debut memorializes the author's journey through leprosy, taking him from Laredo, TX, to Carville, LA, site of the only leprosy hospital in the United States. Ramirez was a typical adolescent, close to his family and girlfriend, when he was diagnosed. From hospitalization to recovery, he produces a fascinating narrative of what life with leprosy entails. Medical professionals and general readers will find this book singularly enlightening.-L.M.
CHAPTER 1 No One Told You?
CHAPTER 2 The Journey
CHAPTER 3 Treatment at Last
CHAPTER 4 Learning about Carville
CHAPTER 5 Life at Carville
CHAPTER 6 Four Months and Counting
CHAPTER 7 First Visit to Laredo
CHAPTER 8 Manhood and Beyond
CHAPTER 10 The Power of Motherly Love
CHAPTER 11 Life after Death
CHAPTER 12 The Road to Advocacy
CHAPTER 13 Change Is Good
CHAPTER 14 Living with a Clean Soul
CHAPTER 15 Commonly Asked Questions
CHAPTER 9 The Magic of Dreaming