Hunted in Warsaw

A Memoir of Resistance and Survival in the Holocaust


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About the Book

As a teenage Jew in Nazi–occupied Poland, Henry Gribou went to great lengths to conceal his true identity. Fluent in German and Polish, he acquired papers with a fake Polish birth certificate and became a master of slipping unobtrusively between the Jewish and non–Jewish worlds. In this chronicle of his remarkable double life, Gribou recounts his complicated relationship with the Nazi chemist who became his mentor, his parents’ death from German bombs, his efforts to smuggle food to his sister inside the Warsaw ghetto, his life and fledgling career as a chemist outside the ghetto walls, his involvement in the Polish Underground, and his marriage to a local girl who remained ignorant of his secret until after the war. Throughout, Gribou powerfully conveys his anxiety at being exposed at any moment, offering a vivid portrait of a man hiding in plain sight and an extraordinary perspective on the Holocaust.

About the Author(s)

Henry G. Gribou, a retired chemist specializing in fragrances and flavors, held various executive positions in multinational chemical companies in the United States and Europe.

Bibliographic Details

Henry G. Gribou
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6977-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9070-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Prologue      1

Poland      5

1. Whipping Boy      9

2. Jewish in Warsaw      23

3. My Secret Weapon      34

4. Teacher and Savior      39

5. Instant Brothers      52

6. The Swedish Goddess      59

7. End of a Dream      66

8. My World Collapses      76

9. Waking the Dead      85

10. Knight in Nazi Armor      92

11. Rats in a Cage      99

12. A Life Split in Two      104

13. Another Door Closes      112

14. Nipping at the Nazis’ Heels      120

15. Walking a Tightrope      133

16. A Weekend in the Country      143

17. Joining the Family      155

18. Solo Wedding Night      166

19. “For Killing Our Jesus”      174

20. The Gestapo’s Knock      180

21. Lashing Out, at Last      189

22. An Ending, of Sorts      197

23. Lies That Wouldn’t Die      207

Epilogue. An Exposé of Ignorance      217

Index      221