Bogdan Bartnikowski. Eine Kindheit hinterm Stacheldraht

Bogdan Bartnikowski. Eine Kindheit hinterm Stacheldraht

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In December 2008 the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim published a German version of stories, “Eine Kindheit hinterm Stacheldraht” (Childhood in Striped Uniforms) by Bogdan Bartnikowski.

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Bartnikowski's stories are one of the most moving evidence of tragic fate of children in Auschwitz, the camp is shown from their perspective. The author describes hunger, fear, loneliness and despair of children who were uprooted from the safe world of their childhood and left at the mercy of violence and death. Dry narration intensifies dramatic nature of depicted scenes.
The camp experience is deeply engraved in Bartnikowski's memory. He said in one of his interviews: "I wanted to throw it away, get rid of it. Forever! I started to write down my memories and memories of my friends. I hoped that once they had been written they would be gone. Unfortunately, it did not happen so...".

"Eine Kindheit hinterm Stacheldraht" (Childhood in Striped Uniforms) was first published in 1969.

About the author
Bogdan Bartnikowski was born in Warsaw in 1932. At the beginning of August 1944 he joined the Warsaw Uprising and on 12th August was arrested along with his mother and sent to Auschwitz. His father died in the Uprising.
After the war Bartnikowski and his mother returned to Warsaw. He graduated from the Polish Air Force Academy and in the years 1952-1982 served in the Polish Army. Additionally, he worked as a journalist in the military press where he made his debut as a prose writer. His first book, "Opowiadania nad chmurami" (Stories above Clouds), was published in 1969 and first volume of verse, "Strofy jesienne" (Autumn Strophes) in 1999.

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Title Bogdan Bartnikowski. Eine Kindheit hinterm Stacheldraht
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Publisher Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
ISBN 978-83-60210-73-4
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Additional Informations Oświęcim 2008
Translated from the Polish by Werner Hölscher-Valtchuk
190 pp., 20,5 x 12,5 cm

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