world war 2: warsaw uprising 1944

Julian Eugeniusz Kulski. Dying, We Live. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979.

Reprinted with author's permission.

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  From the publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston:

Dying, We Live is the amazing memoir of a remarkable youth who came of age in war-tom, Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

On September 1, 1939, the Germans started World War II by invading Poland. Within a month the Poles had been blitzkrieged by the German Wehrmacht The faces of evil had been unleashed and Europe was to suffer under the Nazi jack-boot for more than five years. However there is more to the story than that. In the conquered nations, courageous people rose up against the German oppressors in an unequal struggle for freedom and human dignity. These freedom fighters came from all walks of life. Some were children not yet out of school.

kulski family 1939Julian E. Kulski, Protestant son of the Mayor of Warsaw, was only ten years old when the war began. Yet he joined the Polish resistance, witnessed the Ghetto Uprising of 1943, was jailed by the Gestapo, and, after his release, fought with the Polish Home Army in its heroic, two-month-long battle with the German Army in Warsaw in August and September of 1944. Captured once again, Kulski found himself in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany before he was sixteen.

Kulski based this intimate, harrowing, and totally authentic account of the Polish agony on a journal which he wrote shortly after the war in an attempt to record the nightmarish events through which he had lived. At the same time he needed desperately to provide himself with the emotional scar-tissue that would enable him to return to everyday life in the postwar world.

Now, thirty-three years later, he has transcribed his journal into English, and this book, along with more than 150 photographs (many never before published) which he has collected over the years, is a fitting tribute to the martyrdom that the Poles – Christians and Jews alike – suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

After World War II Julian E. Kulski studied architecture in England and the United States. He earned a B.Arch. in 1953 and a Ph.D. in City Planning from the Warsaw Institute of Technology in 1966. Kulski is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and works extensively in developing countries throughout the world as a consultant architect for several United Nations agencies. He lives in northern Virginia.
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