A memoir by an exceptionally talented man. It tells of his childhood in Danzig and his time in the Hitler Youth. He was injured on the eastern front when he was only 17 fighting the Russians. He worked as a miner briefly and earned a living on the black market for a while. His ambition was to be an artist and he enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Dusseldorf. He was a celebrated writer and a poet and a playwright and also a graphic artist.