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The Book

This autobiography offers a compelling insight into the struggles and achievements experienced by this farm boy in postwar Germany. He leaves home at fifteen to seek his fortune in the unknown future. We experience his exhilarating arrival in New York City as a young teenager on his own. We follow his years at sea and share in his becoming an illegal alien hiding out in plain sight in Brooklyn, New York.


The story follows an incredible career in the corporate world, where he amassed an impressive knowledge of the credit card business as it develops to a multibillion-dollar industry that left an indelible impact on society.


Rolf’s contributions to the American Express credit card expansion is reflected in the impressive promotional opportunities achieved. The book summarizes his career and highlights his passion to fight fraud on credit cards and provides an interesting insight into this field of work. Following a corporate career at AMEX, the author becomes a realtor and opens his own office. His views on real estate following the 9/11 era makes for an interesting commentary on our time.


Finally, we explore the philosophical views this author has developed during his journey. His ideas on who we are or have become is reflected in the book’s title—Who Am I?