Kaia, Heroine of the 1944 Warsaw Rising tells the story of one woman, whose life encompasses a century of Polish history. From Siberia, to the German occupation of Poland, to the Warsaw Rising, to a Soviet prison, to the rebuilding of postwar Warsaw-Kaia's memories are given life and context in this biography that sheds light not only on her life, but on twentieth-century Poland, as well.
Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm is an independent scholar and the author of twenty-three books, including Polish Hero Roman Rodziewicz: Fate of a Hubal Soldier in Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Postwar England and The Polish Experience through World War II: A Better Day Has Not Come.
Foreword by Bruce E. Johansen Introduction: The Message of Isaac B. Singer Chapter 1. Poles in Siberia Chapter 2. The Szemiot-Iljin Family Chapter 3. Zaysan at the Foothills of the Altaj Chapter 4. 11 Months by Train from Siberia to Poland Chapter 5. Poland, Bialystok Chapter 6. Vilnius Chapter 7. Warsaw, the 1930s Chapter 8. Outbreak of the War Chapter 9. Zamosc Chapter 10. Warsaw under the German Occupation Chapter 11. The Hubal Soldiers Chapter 12. Arrest of Modest and Death in Auschwitz Chapter 13. "Buzzard", a Hubal Partisan Chapter 14. The Organization Chapter 15. The Warsaw Uprising Chapter 16. "Thank you, I have a lollipop" Chapter 17. Eastbound Journey to Bialystok Chapter 18. Arrest Chapter 19. NKVD Camp 41 in Ostashkov Chapter 20. Back from Ostashkov Chapter 21. After the Return Chapter 22. Marek Szymanski Chapter 23. Inprisonments: the Lublin Castle and Wronki Chapter 24. Released, then arrested again Chapter 25. Finally, back to normal? Chapter 26. Rebuilding of Warsaw Chapter 27. Trips and Travels Chapter 28. Poland's Attraction: Kashubia and Sudovia Chapter 29. Communism in Poland Chapter 30. Marek, the Loyal Hubal soldier Chapter 31. Friends Chapter 32. Animals and Pets Chapter 33. Major Hubal's Virtuti Militari Cross Chapter 34. Farewells Chapter 35. Marek's Death Chapter 36. Poland Independent, Poland Westernized: Fears and Anxieties Chapter 37. Departing Notes Appendix: Images of Siberia and Warsaw Uprising Bibliography Index