Leon Stroinski 1921-1944 -Poet of the Warsaw Uprising

Photo’ Warsaw Old Town during the 1944 Uprising   Ewa Faryaszewska (1920-1944) – Museum of Warsaw, public domain Leon Zdislaw Stroinski was born in Warsaw on 29th November 1921, his family moved to Zamosc afterwards.  Stroinski visited Italy on 1938, and left school in 1939. In 1941 he moved to Warsaw, and joined the Resistance, and in 1942 …

Miklos Radnoti (1909- 1944)

 Miklos Radnoti was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in 1909 .Radnoti’s first collection of poetry ‘Pagan Invocation’ , was published in 1930. Two others followed in 1931, and 1933. In 1934 Radnoti moved to Budapest and started writing for a literary magazine titled Nyugat . Cultural life in Hungry began to reflect contemporary cultural …

Sidney Keyes

The British Army in Tunisia 1943 Infantry and carriers of the Grenadier Guards advance over difficult terrain near the Kasserine Pass, 24 February 1943. Courtesy Wikipedia/IWM in public domain.                 About a year ago I wrote a piece for the World War 2 poetry blog about the poet Sidney …

Anna Akhmatova – a joint piece from Lucy London and Michael Bully

From Michael Bully   Realise that this website has not been updated for nearly a year. I am currently working on two blogs  https://aburntship.blogspot.co.uk ( on 17th century war related poetry and literature) and http://Worldwar2poetry.blogspot.co.uk On the latter blog I had written a shorter post about  Anna Akhmatova, but focusing on her life and work from …

The World is a Broken Place -part 2 of interview with John Guzlowski

Pleased to carry on my e mail interview with John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish immigrants , with both parents spending years as labourers in German concentration camps: Professor Guzlowski was born just after World War 2 in a Displaced Persons camp, and moved with his parents and sister to the USA in 1951, and …

The World Is A Broken Place- Interview with John Guzlowski part one

Photo- Polish victim of Luftwafe bombing 1939   It is certainly an honour to interview John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish immigrants , with both parents spending years as labourers in German concentration camps, Professor Guzlowski uses poetry and short pieces of prose to convey their experiences. John Guzlowski was born just after World War …