W Hour

W Hour


By Arthur Ney

“Two close calls in one day were enough for me. I realized that the uprising was not like the games I played with Józek before the war. This was a very real battle, in which people were being killed and wounded.”

Arthur Ney, a 12-year-old smuggler outside the Warsaw ghetto walls when the ghetto uprising began in the spring of 1943, fled to the countryside with false papers to work on a farm. Almost a year later he returned to Warsaw and faced the realization that his family was gone. Under the protection of the Salesian Fathers as a “Christian” boy, he struggled with loneliness, guilt, fear and indecision regarding his “dual identity.” When the Warsaw Uprising —codenamed W Hour—began on August 1, 1944, then-14-year-old Arthur Ney joined the barricades and fought the Germans for liberation.

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About the Author

Arthur Ney was born in Warsaw, Poland on June 25, 1930. He came to Canada in 1948 and settled in Montreal, where he raised a family. Now a widower, he still lives in Montreal.

Product Information

  • Release: March 1, 2014
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 168 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470572

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