With a population made up overwhelmingly of Polish immigrants and descendents of Poles, Hamtramck was especially hardhit by the impact of World War II. Most of the city’s residents had family contacts with the old country. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Hamtramckans reacted with shock and angerand with a determination to see fascism defeated and Poland freed. Thousands of Hamtramckans fought in the war, hundreds died. And those who remained at home dealt with the wartime life as best they could. Hamtramck: The World War II Years presents a portrait of the city at war. It tells and shows how Hamtramckansof all ages, races, and backgroundscoped with shortages, the threat of attack, and the everpresent dread that the next telegram may bring news of a soldier’s death. It was a challenging time that demanded strength, dedication, and sacrifice. Hamtramckans stood up and delivered all that was requiredand more.
About the Author
Greg Kowalski is a lifelong resident of Hamtramck and is chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission. He is a professional journalist, and this is his fifth book for Arcadia Publishing. His father, Joseph Kowalski, served honorably in the U.S. Army in World War II.