Kulski, the son of the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, is a 10-year-old Boy
Scout when the Germans invade Poland in September 1939. He soon begins
waging his own private war against the Germans with small acts of
sabotage. At age 12, Kulski is recruited into the clandestine
Underground Army by his Scoutmaster and begins training in military
tactics and weapons handling. At 13, he accompanies his commander on a
secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto to liaise with the leaders of the
Arrested by the Gestapo at age 14, Kulski is incarcerated in the
notorious Pawiak Prison, beaten, interrogated at Gestapo headquarters,
and sentenced to Auschwitz. After being rescued, he joins the Ninth
Commando Company of the Underground Army, and at age 15 fights in the
Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
Taken prisoner by the Germans,
16-year-old Kulski ends the war in a POW camp, finally risking a dash
for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for "liberation"
by the Soviets.
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