Józef Hen

Józef Hen (originally Józef Henryk Cukier) is a Polish novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and reporter of Jewish origin. His history is full of tragedy and also a positive. Part of his siblings (brother Moses, sister MIrka) and father were killed during second World War. He escaped from Poland, trying to survived Nazi occupation and Holocaust. In Soviet Union, he is forced to worked on a construction of Lvov - Kiev highway, after that manage to get to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where Polish general Ander’s form’s an army on exile. He was refused to join. After all Józef joins Polish People’s Army on exile in 1944. He is writing during the war.

After war he fight’s with comunism in Poland. Many of his novels were adapted for movies (propably most know is “Law and the Fist”).

He was awarded the Cross of Valour and the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta. 

Now days he works and live in Warsaw, capital of Poland. He is lucky father and grandpa. Despite his age (89 years old), he is full of energy and positive way of thinking, has no claims for tragedy of war and comunism that he was involved in. His way of life shows perfect distans and honesty.   

I’m really grateful I had an opportunity to met him.