Evelyn Maier discusses her childhood and young adulthood in Zurich, Switzerland. A description of middle class family life follows in the 1920s and 1930s and the effect of Hitler's rise to power in Germany. Her school years are elaborated upon and a lengthy discussion of her work in the diamond and precious stones business in Zurich are detailed. Her lack of political awareness despite hints of her parents' astute sense of the historic is discussed. Life in Hamburg, Germany 1972-1973 is mentioned. She relates her impressions of New York City in the late 1940s and her life in Louisville. She also goes on to speak about Swiss social and political conservativeness and problems within the EC and ECC. Index available.