I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc to Triumph (2006)
Like many children born into wealthy families in the 1950’s, Richard René Silvin was enrolled in a small, Swiss boarding school at the age of seven. His nightmare began immediately after being dropped off at the sinister place his parents had never seen.
Following a police investigation at the school, René was moved to prestigious Le Rosey where his lack of academic training nearly led to his expulsion while surrounded by children of Hollywood legends, international corporate tycoons, senior diplomats as well as European and Middle Eastern royalty.
From the time the frightened ten-year-old arrived at Le Rosey, he was bullied by an older schoolmate and forced to perform sexual favors. Eventually, he confronted his molester with disastrous results as René was branded a “homo” — a horrific label in the 1960s — and which led to harsh discipline from his disapproving family and Le Rosey’s homophobic headmaster.
Determined to prove he was a “real man,” René resurrected rowing as a sport. He raised money to equip his new teams and led them to successes unparalleled in any Swiss school’s history. The story ends with an unsuspected and intriguing twist