The book provides a picture of two young people, my parents, who struggled to survive and to protect their child, first at the beginning of the war in Poland, then in the Soviet Ukraine. The book describes my father’s imprisonment in a Soviet labor camp, my mother’s life with me in Central Asia, and in exile in Siberia. The book also provides a picture of life in Poland after the war, where my parents returned to find out that all of their siblings and other relatives had perished in the holocaust.
Zygmunt Frajzyngier is a professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His main interests and areas in which he has published books and scholarly papers include: foundations of syntax and semantics in cross-linguistic perspective; typological explanations in grammar; grammaticalization; and Chadic and Afroasiatic linguistics, including descriptive grammars and dictionaries of many Chadic languages. He has spent many seasons doing research in Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon.