Codename: FLAME

The untold saga of a young, defiant Freedom Fighter in the Polish Underground

by Dr. Robert Niklewicz



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/26/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 432
ISBN : 9781477220535
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 432
ISBN : 9781477220528
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 432
ISBN : 9781477220511

About the Book

Codename: FLAME is the parallel to Dr. Niklewicz's first riveting historical novel, “Last Train to Dachau”. That story was based on his mother’s wartime experiences and the plight of the Miller family that lived and survived the terrible challenges and brutality that was forced upon them by the Nazis.

As was his first book, Codename: FLAME is an historical novel based on the true-life struggles of courageous Poles in the time of war. His father Stanislaw Niklewicz was such a person and his life is featured in this second book. The contrast between the two stories is vast. The Millers, a family of five survived through patience and the strength of a family unit that did everything to stay together. Stanislaw on the other hand, was all alone as he ran away from his pending draft into the Hitler Youth at the age of 15; eventually becoming a Partisan fighter.

Follow the hardships that Stanislaw endured while being alone in the forests of Poland; first as a teenage Boy Scout courier and then as a Partisan fighter. The saga of Stanislaw (Staszek) is a portrait of a defiant boy turned into a man by the necessity and passion to live free or die fighting against the tyranny of the Germans.

His defiance and determination for freedom continued even after being captured behind enemy lines during a secret mission and his subsequent brutal imprisonment at the infamous Mathausen Concentration Camp.

As you read this book, try to think of what it was like to be a boy soldier at 15. Then try to think of the courage and fortitude it took to survive through the torture of an extermination camp. A camp that had no other purpose than to work you to death; something you were equally determined to boldly defy.

About the Author

Dr. Niklewicz is a first generation American of Polish descent who wanted to do what he could to make sure the stories of the average Polish men, women, and children that suffered through the nightmare of World War II were not forgotten in history. Dr. Niklewicz relates the many stories that he had heard about his father’s desperate situations during the war in this second of two books. The private spoken memories of his parents and other family members over the years not only intrigued him but drove him to record them for their future generations. His first book, “The Last Train to Dachau” was based on his mother’s family and the trials they had to overcome, and was a powerful testament to their courage.

Many years were involved in the researching and collecting of information that his stoic parents were reluctant to share regarding his father’s exploits, but now at last they are woven into the fabric of this fast-moving saga.

As was the duty of storytellers over the centuries, Dr. Niklewicz felt that it should be the duty of the fortunate descendants of brave people, such as featured in these books, to be vigilant in continuing their family stories. If these stories were to pass into the unlit side of history because of apathy, the resultant ignorance would lead to a new tyranny and would surely allow history to repeat itself. This is something that Dr. Niklewicz was determined not to let happen.