About the Author
Born into a large family in rural Hungary, Emmerich Koller's life took several unexpected turns before becoming a teacher in America. His childhood and youth were shaped by war, poverty, a brutal communist regime, life as a refugee and immigrant, and years of seclusion and discipline in a religious institution. He retired a few years ago after thirty-six years in the classroom. He cherishes the honors that originated with his grateful students: Distinguished Teacher, Presidential Scholars Program; Certificate of Merit, Goethe Institute, NY; Outstanding Teacher, University of Chicago. Mr. Koller holds degrees in Philosophy, German, and Education. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife Ann and youngest son Andrew.