Between Two Evils

The World War II Memoir of a Girl in Occupied Warsaw and a Nazi Labor Camp

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About the Book

This vivid memoir describes the author’s experiences as young girl in Poland, forced to flee to Warsaw after the Nazi bombing of Brest at the outbreak of World War II. She recounts the realities of life in occupied Poland, including the arrest by the Gestapo of her father and his death soon after in Auschwitz, the family’s participation in the black market and the Warsaw Uprising, and her capture and incarceration with her mother in a forced labor camp. Once released from the camp, they joined their Russian relatives in Austria only to quickly leave with them to avoid approaching Soviet forces, experiencing a month-long, often comical journey on an ox-driven cart back to the U.S. zone of Germany.

About the Author(s)

Lucyna B. Radlo is a retired U.S. government employee and lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Bibliographic Details

Lucyna B. Radlo
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 267
Bibliographic Info: 65 photos, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4032-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5232-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. War: Choosing Between Two Evils      3

2. Flashbacks      7

Life at Krasnyy Dvor      10

1914–1918      13

Vyazma      14

Return to Brest      16

Life in Brest, 1921      18

1931–1936      30

Brest, 1936–1939      36

Brest, 1939, on the Eve of World War II      50

3. Occupied Warsaw      52

4. Coping with Daily Life      66

5. Father Dies in Auschwitz      75

6. My Father, Feliks Stanislaw Kucharski      88

7. Handel (Black Marketing)      94

8. Warsaw Uprising, August 1, 1944      104

9. Forced Labor Camp      111

10. Kleine Maria Zell, Austria      120

11. Flight from the Soviets      123

12. Via Oxcart to Regensburg      133

13. Back to School      137

14. Obshchina      140

15. “Save Me, Tante Luzie!”      143

16. Live Fish and Dead Bones      150

17. “Quanta la Gusta”      156

18. A Girl’s Best Friend      164

19. America Bound!      175

20. Nazareth      182

21. Little Russia, New Jersey      185

22. Work in the City      193

23. 1528 Second Avenue, New York City      198

24. Getting to Know the Radlos      206

25. Elizabeth Kucharska, My Mother      227

26. Married Life Begins      240

Appendix: Who’s Who in the Extended Romenko-Kovenko Family      253

Index      255