In the late nineties during a yacht journey through the Canadian lakes, I met a tall and slim elderly sailor, Professor Jerzy Pindera. His springy military walk revealed a man full of energy, a man always in search of action and challenge. His personage was engulfed with the legend of horrific war experiences. Seriously wounded in September of 1939, he struggled to the end of his days with permanent handicap of one hand. His busy, tragic and exciting life came to an end in Waterloo, Canada, in 2003.
In the spring of 2004 Pindera’s war memoir was published. A tiny modest book entitled Liebe Mutti; One Man’s Struggle to Survive in KZ Sachsenhausen, 1939-1945, was edited and expanded with a commentary by Lynne Taylor, a history professor at the University of Waterloo.