World War II in Antwerp, Belgium. - Experiences of a Young Boy.

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In a series of anecdotes I describe my experiences living in Antwerp, Belgium during the German occupation of WW II. I was 7 years old when the war broke out and 11 at the end. While I experienced some of the hardships of that era, I also have memories that made me think of it being an "adventure".

Realizing now the darkness of that era, I apologize for the lighthearted tone in the book . More
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About William LeMaire

I was born on November 3, 1933 in a small town close the major port of Antwerp in Belgium. All of my primary and high school education was in Antwerp. I lived through WW II and the German occupation.

I went to medical school at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where I graduated in 1958. My internship was in Schenectady, New York. When I finished the internship, Belgium still had an obligatory military service. Instead I signed up with the Belgian colonial health service and was assigned to a government hospital in the interior of the former Belgian Congo, now called, after their independence from Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I left there in the middle of 1960 shortly after that country obtained its independence.

After completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami in 1965, I completed a two year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology in Miami and then joined the faculty of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the UM. I rose rapidly in the academic ranks and was promoted to full professor in 1974.

Wanting to retire early from my academic position, I left the full time practice there at the end of 1989 at the age of 55. However I remained in the faculty and to date I am an Emeritus Clinical Professor of the University of Miami.
After leaving the University of Miami, I worked for various lengths of time as an obstetrician and gynecologist in a number of locations around the world and and in the USA. These locations include : Okinawa Japan; Karachi, Pakistan; Sitka, Alaska, Queensland, Australia; Tasmania, Australia; New Zealand; St Lucia in the Caribbean; Chiapas, Mexico. Many of my assignments were organized through an organization out of Salt Lake City in Utah, called Global Medical Staffing. This organization recently ran an article about our travels and experiences in their newsletter. the link is :

Currently (2017), I am retired from clinical practice and am Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. I am also voluntary professor at the Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where I am member of the Medical College Admissions Committee and interview medical school applicants.

I am board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and maintain a license to practice in Florida.

I have belonged to a number of professional societies and have carried a number of editorial and peer review responsibilities. I was honored with a Fogarty Senior International Fellowship for one year in 1997 at the University of Goteborg in Sweden. I am an author of more than 150 publications in various professional journals.

I am married to Anne and have four children and eight grandchildren. I am fluent in English, Dutch and French and conversant in Spanish. My wife and I are both in excellent physical health. We enjoy outdoor activities and we were both competitive swimmers. We do a lot of traveling within the USA and in other countries.

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Review by: Amy Shannon on Jan. 31, 2018 :

This is a stunning book written, telling stories of his youth, LeMaire shares the details of World War II. He shares his memories and thoughts of his youth, and how he as a child perceived the war. The writing is well done and you can feel the emotions jump off the page as he relives his youth. Horrors were happening around him, but his parents tried to shelter him as much as possible. He grew up mostly unaware of the terrors of the Nazis and their destruction. A very vibrant recall and a great read. LeMaire, thanks for sharing your stories, your memories.
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Review by: Robert Carlson on Aug. 30, 2017 :
A Very Different WWII Book

Magnificent! This book is remarkable. It came when I was finishing The Unwomanly Face of War by Swetlana Alexievich the 2105 Nobel winner. Rather than Russian women, William LeMaire tells the story of occupied Belgium from the eyes of a grade school boy and addds to the remarkable individual stories about WWII

The story was as well written and informative as Alexievich's interviews and stories!

LeMaire has forged his own identity with this story. Stories about war are often written in terms of battles and troop movements. Hearing a boy’s account about food shortages, resistance, gunfire outside your house, back yard gardens to nourish the family, and how school and other functions still went on, even 10 year olds outwitting the Jesuits was fascinating.

If you start this book, you will have trouble putting it down. It is a powerful and deeply moving story.

Robert Carlson
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