Siegfried Neukirch was born in 1930 in Freiburg im Breisgau, gateway to Germany's Black Forest. The son of a bookseller, Mr. Neukirch's early years were spent enduring the hardships that had ravaged Europe in the aftermath of World War II. After early schooling in his native Germany, he went on to study at the University of Toronto in Canada and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Not being a person of means in those early years, he worked at a variety of occupations in order to support himself and his studies. He has been a shorthand typist for a radio station in Germany, a car washer in Toronto, a waiter for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, a baby-sitter, assistant to Albert Schweitzer at the mission hospital at Lambarene, a language tutor, and a staff member at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. His travels have taken him from the wonders of the natural beauty of his beloved Black Forest of Germany, to the most famous opera houses in many major cities of the world; he has explored the wilds of the Canadian Rockies, the frozen seashore of arctic Alaska, the heat of the American southwest, the rainforests of Central and South America, the sometimes perilous Andes Mountains, and the jungles of Africa. He hopes that these experiences from his own life may serve as inspiration to young people of today as they are guided by Albert Schweitzer's "reverence for life" philosophy.