Author Biography: SIEGFRIED R HAMISCH, born in Germany, educated in the United States, returned to Germany as an Infantry officer in the American Army. He fought the Germans from Normandy to the Elbe River, earning the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, among other decorations. He remained in Germany during the postwar years to see how the country of his birth struggled to rebuild. "ANTON'S MOUNTAIN" is based upon these experiences. He has written and published short stories in Scholastic Magazine and other publications for young people. "ANTON'S MOUNTAIN" is his first novel.