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Copyright (c) 2013, John W. Koenig. All rights reserved.
In the spring of 1941, a 17-year-old girl living in Soviet-occupied eastern Poland is arrested by the secret police and sent with her infant son to a labor camp in Siberia. Her name: Danuta Buczak. Her crime: being the wife of a Polish army lieutenant, a man she married on the eve of World War II.

Danuta will see her husband sentenced to be executed. She will bury her child on a Siberian hillside. Yet her defiant spirit cannot be crushed. Determined to return to Poland and freedom, this courageous young woman slips past her labor camp guards on a snowy winter night and sets out alone on an incredible journey across the vast Soviet Union.

Danuta is a novel, based on the real-life saga of Danuta Buczak.


John Koenig is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.  He and his wife Barbara live in Austin, Texas.



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