World War II Through Polish Eyes: In the Nazi-Soviet Grip
Intertwining the fate of a country with the life of one Polish family, this book tells the story of a Polish girl who attempted to outwit the Nazis and the Soviets. The events are true and based on extensive oral accounts of the participants and documents released only in Polish and never before available in English, including original Auschwitz letters and Nazi exhumation documents.
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She is trying out her new sewing machine when a knock at the door interrupts her
. Bronia, puzzled by an unexpected knocking, comes to the door and opens it
slightly. Bolek' s smiling face emerges from the dimness of the hall. "Hey ...
Running from door to door, he knocks, pounds and shouts: "To the shelter, run to
the shelter! Take shelter immediately!" As they all run downstairs, the voice on the
radio from the reception desk follows them: ATTENTION! I DECLARE ALERT ...
An hour later another man knocks at the door. "The hair salon is closed for the
day," Danusia informs the stranger. "But I must speak with Mrs. Fijalkowska," the
man insists. "I am Mrs. Fijalkowska," she answers the man. "Can I come in?