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World War II, Poland At War, Wartime Austria, Slave Labor, Liberation, War Refugee, Romance, Incredible Journey

Maria's Story
by Joseph Kula and Maria Kula

Maria’s Story is a true account of a Polish teen’s trials and tribulations as a slave girl of the Nazis in the Second World War.

Driven out of Krakow during the invasion by the German Army, Maria and her sister Stefania flee for the safety of their country village only to be rounded up and sent to forced labor in Greater Germania.

The loveliness of their new home in an alpine village in Austria belies the hardship and loneliness they endure among strangers in a strange land.

It’s Maria’s faith that keeps her going and it’s her faith that gives her the strength to provide for and protect her love child after a dangerous secret liaison with one of the sons of the landowner for whom she toiled.

Liberated by the American Army, Maria miraculously finds herself in a Polish Army camp in Italy where she has a whirlwind romance with a handsome young war hero, who takes her on an incredible journey that brings them to yet another land and an uncertain post-war future.

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Joseph Kula is a journalist and author based in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduation from the Carleton University School of Journalism in Ottawa, he worked at the Windsor (Ont.) Star and the Vancouver (B.C.) Province, where he served as the newspaper’s travel editor for 30 years until his retirement.


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