The Color of Courage A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski

by ; ;
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2014-11-11
Publisher(s): Aquila Polonica
List Price: $19.95

Buy New

Usually Ships in 5-7 Business Days

Buy Used

Usually Ships in 24-48 Hours

Rent Book

Select for Price
There was a problem. Please try again later.

Rent Digital eBook

Online: 1825 Days
Downloadable: Lifetime Access

This item is being sold by an Individual Seller and will not ship from the Online Bookstore's warehouse. The Seller must confirm the order within two business days. If the Seller refuses to sell or fails to confirm within this time frame, then the order is cancelled.

Please be sure to read the Description offered by the Seller.


Winner GOLD AWARD for Interior Design, and SILVER AWARD for Autobiography/Memoir at the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards! FINALIST Foreword Reviews IndieFab BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Foreword by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Introduction by Chief Rabbi of Poland. Includes 11 short videos of original historical film and audio material via QR code and URL; more than 150 photos, maps and illustrations. Free, downloadable Educators' Guide correlated to Common Core standards, grades 9-12.

"At once absorbing, inspiring, and tragic." -- Publishers Weekly

"Poignant, haunting, gritty, and bursting with realism...brings a deeply moving and unique perspective to World War II." -- Foreword Reviews

"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."

Also includes: 2 Appendices, Contextualizing historical material, Discussion Questions, and Index

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi ofPoland
Foreword by Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Publisher's Note
List of Maps
List of Digital Extras

Chapter 1 AGE 10:1939—The War Begins

Chapter 2 AGE 11:1940—My Own Private War Against the Germans
Chapter 3 AGE 12:1941—Recruited into the Underground Army
Chapter 4 AGE 13:1942Secret Mission into the Ghetto
Chapter 5 AGE 14: 1943—Ghetto Uprising; Caught by theGestapo
Chapter 6 AGE 15: 1944—The Warsaw Uprising
Chapter 7 AGE16: 1945—German POW; Escape to Freedom


Afterword by Captain Mieczyslaw Morawski, Commander, NinthCompany Commandos

Appendix 1: Family, Friends, and Polish Leaders

Appendix 2: German Occupiers

Historical Horizon: Poland in World War II—A BriefSummary


Discussion Questions

Author Bio


List of Maps:

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
Europe – 1939
Poland – 1939
Invasion of Poland – September 1939
Occupied Poland, 1939–1941
Warsaw, 1939–1944
Warsaw Environs – 1940
Warsaw Ghetto – 1940
Warsaw Ghetto – 1943 Uprising
1944 Warsaw Uprising: The Beginning, Early August 1944
1944 Warsaw Uprising: Zoliborz, August 21–22, 1944
1944 Warsaw Uprising: Zoliborz, September 14–16, 1944
1944 Warsaw Uprising: The End, Early October 1944
Europe – Summer 1940


Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
List of Digital Extras:

Chapter 1 – 1939
Warsaw Will Rebuild!
Warsaw Mayor Stefan Starzynski
Radio Address
September 17, 1939

Siege: World War II Begins
Excerpt from the 1940 Academy
Award-nominated newsreel

Warsaw Surrenders
September 1939

German Victory Parade
October 5, 1939

Chapter 2 – 1940
Adam Czerniaków
Warsaw Ghetto
May 1942

Chapter 5 – 1943
Katyn Forest Massacre:
German Propaganda
April 1943

Katyn Forest Massacre:
Masked Man Testifies
U.S. Congressional Committee
February 1952

Chapter 6 – 1944
1944 Warsaw Uprising:
Polish Underground Army
Radio Broadcast

August 24, 1944

1944 Warsaw Uprising:
Poles Surrender

1944 Warsaw Uprising:
German Propaganda

1944 Warsaw Uprising:
American Report

An electronic version of this book is available through VitalSource.

This book is viewable on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and most smartphones.

By purchasing, you will be able to view this book online, as well as download it, for the chosen number of days.

A downloadable version of this book is available through the eCampus Reader or compatible Adobe readers.

Applications are available on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, and Windows Mobile platforms.

Please view the compatibility matrix prior to purchase.