About the Author

Author Alexander H. ter Weele

Dr. Alexander ter Weele was born in the Netherlands, and is the young boy Alex in the chronicle of We Escaped. When history classes in local schools are studying the 1930s and 1940s, he is regularly invited to discuss the advent of WW II and to relate the saga of his family's escape from the Nazi juggernaut. Even in old age, he finds it difficult to tell some parts of the story. Despite the passage of more than seven decades, certain scenes are so vivid in his mind, so frightening in memory, that he cannot but help tear up in their retelling.

The author currently lives with his wife of forty-seven years, together with his daughter and her three vivacious children, on a mountain in rural Rappahannock County, Virginia, where he writes, splits firewood, and treads the woodland paths overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail.