War Memoirs


Zygmunt Skarbek-Kruszewski


This book was written in Polish by my father at the end of the war. It was translated by my mother, Marushka (Maria) during the 1960s. She spent months in writing after working long hours and then cooking, cleaning and finally starting the translation. I recall that she always had a big dictionary beside her and often would ask her friends about the appropriate use of a word. Eventually this book was typed up on a manual typewriter. I have electronically scanned in the book and corrected typing errors but have not changed any words.

George (Jurek) Zygmunt Skarbek, Zyg’s elder son.

January 2000


Copyright © 2001 Skarbek Consulting Pty Ltd


This book can be downloaded as a PDF document.   Click here to download.

Zyg’s wife has also written a book about her life, including a section on the war. However, when reading her account it is almost as it describes another war. To download Maria’s book with photos as a PDF. Click Here to download it..


Table of contents

  1. Preface

  2. Letter 

  3. September Days 

  4. Evacuation 

  5. Krzemienice

  6. On The River Trail 

  7. On The Railway Trail 

  8. Occupation 

  9. To The West 

  10. Warsaw - Last Days Before The Uprising 

  11. Warsaw Uprising 

  12. Modlin 

  13. In The Third Reich

  14. Capitulation! 

  15. Peace