Boy Soldier's WWII Diary Debuts on Veterans
"The Color of Courage" Brings WWII to Life with Digital
11 Short Videos Created from Original Historical Film and
Color of Courage is a rare and vivid day-by-day eyewitness
account by a young boy who becomes a man far too soon under the brutal Nazi
German occupation of Poland. Julian is a 10-year-old Boy Scout when
the Germans invade his native Poland to start World War II. At an age when most
boys are still playing with toys, Julian begins his own private war against the
Germans with small acts of sabotage. At 12, he is recruited into the clandestine
Underground Army by his Scoutmaster, and begins training on weapons and military
14, he is holding up German soldiers at gunpoint, has gone on a secret mission
into the Warsaw Ghetto to liaise with Jewish resistance leaders, is captured by
the Gestapo, beaten and interrogated, sentenced to Auschwitz, rescued, and joins
a Commando unit of the Underground Army. At 15, he fights in the Warsaw
Uprising, ending the war as a German POW.
war's end brings physical freedom but very little peace for the 16-year-old
veteran suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). A wise army doctor
advises Julian to write down his experiences to help lessen the psychological
and emotional burdens of the war. The Color of Courage is the result. In
this book, you will learn:
the reality of PTSD was like during WWII (read Julian's article on
it was like for a child growing up surrounded by war.
fighting for freedom is worth dying for.
written in Julian's native Polish, it has been translated into English and
enhanced with more than 150 photos, maps and illustrations, and 11 short videos
created from original historical video and audio material. These unique "digital
extras," accessed via QR codes and URLs throughout the book, pack a powerful
visual punch that brings the author's world brilliantly to life.
foreword is by Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; the
introduction is by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.
There are more than 150 photos, maps and illustrations, plus
groundbreaking digital extras. Go here to watch the book trailer:
THE AUTHOR: Julian Kulski
was born in
Warsaw, Poland, in 1929. After the war, he came to the U.S., worked his way
through Yale University, and built a new life here as a successful architect.
Now semi-retired from a distinguished architectural career, Kulski has taught at
Notre Dame University, George Washington University and Howard University. For
twenty years he served as a consultant to the World Bank, designing buildings in
twenty-nine developing countries. Author of several books and more than a
hundred articles in professional journals, he is a frequent speaker to audiences
of all ages.