Fleeing from the Hunter

Fleeing from the Hunter


By Marian Domanski

“I asked myself, Am I a criminal doomed for execution? I was determined to run away... that thought never left my mind.”

On the run in Nazi-occupied Poland, thirteen-year-old orphan Marian Finkelman—later Domanski—must fend for himself in a desperate search for safety. Forced to grow up much too early, the daring young boy risks his life over and over again to slip in and out of the ghetto in his hometown of Otwock to find food. When he finally escapes the ghetto, alone and living by his wits, Marian’s perfect Polish and fair complexion help him narrowly escape death as he travels through the Polish countryside “passing” as a Polish-Catholic farmhand. A heart-rending tale of lost youth, Fleeing from the Hunter poignantly describes the quick thinking and extraordinary will to live that are Marian Domanski’s greatest strengths as he manages to survive against all odds. 

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About the Author

Marian Domanski was born Marian Finkelman in Otwock, Poland in 1928. He lost both his parents in the war and lived in various villages in the Polish countryside between 1941 and 1945, posing as a Polish-Catholic herdsman. After the war, Marian Domanski remained in Poland, where he joined the Polish air force and then worked as a photographer. He married his wife, Cesia, in 1964 and his daughter was born a year later. They moved to Denmark in 1968 and immigrated to Canada two years later. Marian Domanski worked in the printing business in Toronto and still lives there. He is very active in the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada and has had a number of exhibits of his photography in his hometown of Otwock, Poland.

Product Information

  • Release: May 1, 2010
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 224 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470176

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