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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Missy and Wartime Warsaw

Missy and Wartime Warsaw

October 1, 1944—Warsaw, Poland

(p.35) 4 Missy and Wartime Warsaw
Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter is a flashback to a refugee camp on the German-Polish border in October 1944, just after the end of the Warsaw Uprising. Told through the eyes of John Shalikashvili’s mother, Countess Marie “Missy” Shalikashvili, the chapter continues discussion of nature vs. nurture by overviewing the family’s difficult and dangerous life in German-occupied Poland since Hitler invaded in 1939. It demonstrates Missy’s resilience, diplomatic skills, bravery, and commitment to family—all qualities her son will later exhibit in service to the US military.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, Countess Marie Shalikashvili, World War II, Poland, German-occupied Poland, Warsaw Uprising, Germany’s invasion of Poland, nature vs. nurture

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