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WW2 survivor has a message for today

Posted by Sharon McKee on 10 Nov 2016

Tags: survival, Holocaust, Memoir, Second World War, WW2

We are pleased to publish our latest ebook Being Krystyna, the memoir of a Holocaust survivor on Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November.

Krystyna Porsz was just 18 years old and living in Warsaw when Germany invaded. Born Dorca Szafir, to survive the horrendous events that followed Krystyna changed her identify, pretending to be Polish Catholic instead of Jewish, and choosing a new name that she kept even after the war ended.

The memoir Being Krystyna tells the story in her own words of how she miraculously survived the Nazi invasion, despite being arrested and imprisoned as well as later taken to a concentration camp. Sadly, most of her family didn’t make it and the book also tells how others perished. In 1947 Krystyna married Alfons Porsz and they came to England to settle.

Sharon McKee, founder of independent publisher Dilliebooks said, “It is a story that both inspires and horrifies, it really brings home the reality of what happened to people during World War 2. We wanted to publish it because we feel it is so important that these true accounts are recorded and passed down. Krysytna is now 95 years old and as the years go by there will be fewer people around to tell their story. We were also struck with how many lessons there are still to be learned – especially given some of the events happening across the world today”

Dilliebooks author Carol Browne said, “It was a big responsibility to write Krystyna’s story, and, as I usually write fiction, I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I felt that it is a story that needs to be told. Getting to know Krystyna and the enormity of what she went through really does bring it home what horrendous experiences happened to ordinary people. We must never forget what this brave lady and so many others went through and we should make sure it can never happen again.”


About the Author

Sharon McKee

I've always had a love of reading and writing which took me into a career spanning journalism, publishing and PR. After looking for a different kind of ebook publisher and struggling to find one I decided to set up Dilliebooks. It combines working...

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Being Krystyna

In 2012 when young Polish immigrant Agnieszka visits fellow countrywoman Krystyna in a Peterborough care home for the first time, she thinks it a simple act of kindness. However, the meeting proves to be the beginning of a life-changing experience. Krystyna’s stories about the past are not memories of the good old days but recollections of war-ravaged Europe: The Warsaw Ghetto, Pawiak Prison, Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, and a death march to freedom. The losses and ordeals Krystyna suffered and what she had to do to survive are horrors Agnieszka must confront when she volunteers to be Krystyna’s biographer. Will Agnieszka be able to keep her promise to tell her story, and, in this harrowing memoir of survival, what is the message for us today?

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