My Boyhood War, Warsaw 1944 is an intensely personal account of Hryniewicz' life in Poland during the Second World War, centered primarily on the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944. Despite being the longest urban battle between lightly armed irregular forces and the most professional Army of its day - in terms of ferocity, compared by the Germans themselves to the Battle of Stalingrad - the Warsaw Uprising still remains one of the least kwn chapters of World War II. In this first-hand account, the harrowing details of life under years of occupation and heavy urban combat are told with disarming authenticity through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy. Hryniewicz was eight when the war began and 13 when he became a runner to the Commanding Officer of a Polish Home Army Unit, making him both witness and participant in the midst of the 63-day long battle. These impressive personal recollections are explored together with the author's broader insights into the connected events that so transformed the map of Europe, which continue to dictate geopolitics today Praised by eminent historians, authors and statesmen alike, the author's account stands as a cautionary tale about the brutal and lasting effects of war. As tensions in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe continue to mount, this book serves as a timely reminder of the ever present dangers of Imperial annexation on Europe's eastern flank.
Bohdan Hryniewicz is the first-time author of MY BOYHOOD WAR, WARSAW 1944, a deeply touching memoir centered on the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944, the longest urban battle between lightly armed irregular forces and the most advanced military power of the time. Born in Vilnius (Wilno) in 1931, Bohdan Hryniewicz was only eight years old when World War II began and the Russians invaded his home time. After Germany invaded Russia in March 1943, Bohdan's family moved to Warsaw. When the Uprising broke out he and his older brother Andrzej joined the Underground Boy Scouts and became runners. During the 63 days of combat Bohdan was in the midst of the heaviest fighting in the Old City, escaping through the sewers. He was awarded the Cross of Valor and promoted to the rank of corporal. After capitulation and the end of the war Bohdan and his mother Janina, escaped from Poland, making their way to England in 1947 and then the United States in 1950. In the US, Bohdan obtained a degree in civil engineering at the Newark College of Engineering, continued graduate studies at MIT, and pursued a successful entrepreneurial career during which he lived in Boston, San Juan, and Stockholm. After the fall of communism in Poland Bohdan was appointed as Honorary Consul of Poland in Puerto Rico, a position that he held from 1994-2008. Upon his retirement he was awarded the Commander Cross, with Star, of the Order of Merit by the President of Poland. Bohdan was married for 42 years to Linda Kelly with whom he had four children. He now resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Anne Olshansky.