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Hamtramck: The World War II Years: Images of America
Surrounded completely by the city of Detroit, Hamtramck is today home to 24,000 residents, but its small size-just 2.1 square miles-belies its expansive history and the influence this remarkable community has had far beyond its borders.


 
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by Greg Kowalski
With a population made up overwhelmingly of Polish immigrants and descendents of Poles, Hamtramck was especially hardhit by the impact of World War II. Most of the city's residents had family contacts with the old country. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Hamtramckans reacted with shock and anger - and with a determination to see fascism defeated and Poland freed. Thousands of Hamtramckans fought in the war, hundreds died. And those who remained at home dealt with the wartime life as best they could. Hamtramck: The World War II Years presents a portrait of the city at war. It tells and shows how Hamtramckans - of all ages, races, and backgrounds - coped with shortages, the threat of attack, and the everpresent dread that the next telegram may bring news of a soldier's death. It was a challenging time that demanded strength, dedication, and sacrifice. Hamtramckans stood up and delivered all that was required - and more.

Author Bio: Greg Kowalski is Chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission and a lifelong Hamtramck resident. An author and editor, his articles have appeared in many area newspapers and magazines. He recently published Hamtramck: The Driven City through Arcadia's 'Making of America series' and Hamtramck: Soul of a City through Arcadia's '/v/vspfiles/Images of America series'
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  • Softcover
  • 128 pages
  • 200 black and white photographs
  • Size 6.5" x 9.25" 16.5cm x 23.5cm Signed By The Author (Have your copy dedicated by the author! Just note this in the comments section of checkout.)

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