Tales from my Hometown

Tales from my Hometown

by Gosta W. Iwasiuk


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Hinterstoder is the small Alpine village in a valley surrounded by mountains from where I hail. Its remarkable features are its spectacular landscape, shaped by the collision of Africa with Europe millions of years ago. I spent my first nine years of life there. The first two were in the middle of our Second World War. My earliest recollections were the sky darkening from the Allied bombers that flew from England to their targets: Steyr where the Germans made panzers (tanks), and the larger cities including Linz and Vienna. When my mother heard the drone of hundreds of B-24's overhead, she would scoop me up from my sandbox and take me inside the house, as if I would be safer there. Then the explosions started, which were only thirty miles away but still quite audible. At the end of the war the Americans came, luckily, we were in the American Sector and not the Russian Sector. The High Commissioner of Austria, appointed by General Eisenhower, chose Hinterstoder as his headquarters from where he ruled post war Austria from 1945 to 1947. That was also fortunate and brought with it all kinds of secondary benefits to the town including my first taste of chocolate.I photographed many of the most picturesque spots for inclusion in this book in the summer of 2017. Additionally, there are accompanying tales that have historic significance which have affected many people including my life, and are worthy of being shared with you. Finally, I believe that the town and I learned some life lessons that need to be memorialized so they will hopefully never echo from the walls of our surrounding mountains again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976392866
Publisher: Cutting Edge Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

About the Author:

Gösta Werner Iwasiuk MD, FACS

• Professor of Surgery
• Practicing General Surgeon
• Author
• Sculptor
• Rancher
• World Traveler

Gösta W. Iwasiuk MD, FACS was born in Linz, Austria. His family immigrated to the USA in 1954. He grew up in Peoria, Illinois where he graduated from High School being Valedictorian of his class. He did his pre-med education at Bradley University, and started Medical School at the University of Illinois in Chicago, but finished at UCLA graduating with honors and being inducted into AOA, the medical honorary fraternity. His internship was at LA County USC Medical Center. His love for all medical specialties led him to take residency training in General Practice at Ventura County Hospital where he was Chief Resident in his final year.

He served two years in the Air Force during the Viet Nam era attaining the rank of Major. He returned to Ventura County to start general practice and did so until 1977 when he decided to enter a surgical residency starting at the University of Irvine and finishing his chief year at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. He has been in practice limited to surgery since 1981. He is Board Certified in General Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and served as a board member of the Southern California Chapter. He also served as President of the Ventura County Medical Society as well as Chief of Staff of Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center, and also was a delegate to the California Medical Association. Now he serves as Program Director of a General Surgery Residency in Ventura, CA.

He and his wife, Mary, reside in Southern California on his Citrus and Avocado ranch. He has one daughter, and two granddaughters. His professional interests are the gamut of General Surgery with special interests in Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgery, and teaching surgery. His hobbies include skiing, bicycling, and sculpting, as well as writing non-fiction. To date he has written four books: Tales of a Country Surgeon, Vladimir's Visions, The Jesus Gene, and Tales of My Hometown.

You can visit his Web site at: www.cuttingedgepublishing.net and www.gusiwasiuk.com

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