The Pressing Stones

The Healing Journey of a Nazi’s Daughter

By Andrea van de Loo


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About the Book

Growing up in post-war Europe, Andrea van de Loo experienced a childhood filled with life-changing challenges. Her father’s past as a member of the Nazi SS and coming to terms with her own place in the world was just the beginning of a long and inspirational journey toward self-discovery and independence. Her search for self leads her across the globe, where she finds solace and purpose. Dedicated to the spiritual visions of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Andrea is guided by her inner promptings to the path of healing.

The Pressing Stones guides readers through a deeply personal and emotional journey exploring themes of relationships, sexuality, motherhood, shamanic exploration, and self-discovery through emotional and physical hardships. This poignant portrayal of one woman’s courage and determination to find peace and happiness is a testament to the human spirit, inspiring readers to find their own paths toward inner healing and fulfillment.

About the Author

Andrea van de Loo

Andrea was born as Angela van de Loo in the Netherlands in 1942 during WWII. She studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1971 she hitchhiked to India where she met the Mother at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. She lived in Auroville, South India, Mother’s experimental city in the making, dedicated to the evolution of human unity, till 1978. Her two daughters were born there.

Andrea has been living in Santa Cruz, CA, since 1979 where she had a healing practice. After retiring in 2007, she continues to open and learn from life, devotes her energy and presence in service of family and friends and dedicates herself to offer her memoir as her small contribution to a peaceful world.