The Color of Courage A Boy at War by Julian E. Kulski

The Color of Courage A Boy at War

Written by Julian E. Kulski
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The Color of Courage A Boy at War by Julian E. Kulski

If there is going to be a war, I do not want to miss it. So writes Julian Kulski a few days before WWII begins, in this remarkable diary of a boy at war from ages 10 to 16. As the war unfolds through his eyes, we are privileged to meet an inspirational soul of indomitable will, courage and compassion. At age 12 Kulski is recruited as a soldier in the clandestine Underground Army by his Boy Scout leader, and at age 13 enters the Warsaw Ghetto on a secret mission. Arrested by the Gestapo at age 14 and sentenced to Auschwitz, he is rescued and joins the commandos. At age 15, Kulski fights in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. He ends the war as a German POW, finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for Soviet liberation.


An incredible book...compelling, forceful, educational and filled with events that are written so vividly...a book of extreme historical significance. An incredible book.

Quite remarkable.--Quite remarkable. The Boston Globe

President, Republic of Poland (2010-2015)

General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.); Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (2014-2015); Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force (2011-2013)

President, Jan Karski Educational Foundation

Kurier Polski of Minnesota

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Center for Strategic & International Studies

Chief Rabbi of Poland

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2014

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Jerusalem Post, July 11, 2016

; readers are directed to YouTube links of footage from German and Polish propaganda reels. Although this diary might do best in a general public library collection, Holocaust libraries might find this book useful for its insights into the role of the Polish underground. Cantor, Yeshiva University, NY, Riveting...Holocaust libraries might find this book useful for its insights into the role of the Polish underground.

An exceptional coming-of-age story. Julian Kulski's true-life adventure as a teenage resistance fighter in Warsaw during World War II leaps off the page in this riveting diary. He is an amazing man and a real hero for freedom. --Rita Cosby, An exceptional coming of age story.

? the unforgettable true story of a boy soldier in World War II. --Susan Eisenhower, Haunting and powerful.

Might be considered a companion piece to Anne Frank's Diary, juxtaposing the constant question of survival with a child's fresh adolescence. Stirring account of the will to live and to fight. -- Might be considered a companion piece to Anne Frank's Diary.

Heartening account. A touching story, one which shows a side of the Polish resistance not often reported. -- A touching story.

Deeply moving. -- Deeply moving.

An amazing story. -- An amazing story.

About the Author

Julian E. Kulski was born in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland. A graduate of Yale University (M.Arch) and Warsaw Institute of Technology (Ph.D. Urban Planning), Kulski is a semi-retired architect who as taught at U.S. universities and consulted for World Bank. He has been published multiple times and is a frequent speaker. Kulski resides Washington, D.C.

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304 pages


Julian E. Kulski
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Aquila Polonica Publishing

Publication date

7th October 2014



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