Otto Donau was a bigger-than-life character to me who lived in a completely different time than we do. A century ago, he was twenty-four years old. Although I never met him, I am drawn to him like no one else before. There is an unexplainable connection I feel between him and me that with words I cannot explain. This book is about his life and the way he lived it. It is told through stories passed down from generation to generation. I want those who read my words to be able to feel and see his life as I see it. I wish for him to never be forgotten.
I am the granddaughter of Otto Donau, and all my life I have heard stories of his amazing life, stories that intrigued me and made me wish I had the opportunity to meet him. I live in a small village in Wisconsin with my husband and our five furry children (kitties). I work full-time but have always wanted to put my grandfather’s life into print so the memory of him will go on forever.