My mother-in-law, Rose Popiel Kieniewicz, sheltered forty-plus refugees during World War II in her manor
home at Ruszcza (Poland). The family always regretted not having an account of those six years.
As I had found myself under similar circumstances, I recognized the importance of such a journal and in
early March started keeping a diary. I knew I was next to something big—something that needed to be
documented. The result is The War Diaries.