My mom, Annemarie Näf-Clémann (1927-2004), was a medical doctor. She was the second of three girls. Their father, Ernest Clémann (1873-1932), was an adventurous and romantic guy from Ilzach, near Mulhouse, Alsace. He had left Europe around the turn of the 20th century working for the Paris based company of J. Ullmann Jewlers in Vladivostok until 1916. After world war I he settled down in Peking, where he married my grandma. He died when his youngest girl, my mom's little sister, was only a few months old. My grandma, Mary Clémann-Lu (1900-1977), half chinese and half german, raised the three girls pretty much by herself. She turned the small business, her husband had started, into a successful silver manufacturing workshop, which she managed until the communists of Mao Tse Tung took power in Peking in 1949. At that time my mom and her older sister were studying in Europe, thinking that they would return to China as soon as they were done with their studies. However, world history took a different turn. After the final defeat of General Chiang Kai-Shek and the official creation of the People's Republic of China on October 1st 1949 my grandma was now considered a capitalist exploytor. She was forced to give up her business. After two stressful years she was finally able to leave for Europe together with her youngest daughter, who was just turning 20.