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  • 23 February 2012

    On February 23, 2012, Private Julian Kulski was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant of Poland's Armed Forces by an Executive Order signed by the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski on November 16, 2011.

    The Ambassador of Poland to the U.S. Robert Kupiecki presented the promotion on behalf of the President of Poland at a ceremony performed by Major General Andrzej Falkowski, Emassy of Poland Defense, Military, Navy and Air Attache. Mr. Kulski's family members and friends also attended the ceremony.

    Julian Kulski joined Poland's Underground Resistance at the age of 12 in 1941. He fought in the Warsaw Uprising, which broke out in August of 1944, at the age of 15 and was awarded the Valorous Cross for his bravery in combat. Captured and held as a POW from 1944-45, he escaped to England to join Poland's Armed Forces that had fought with the Allies against Germany since the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

    After the war's end, Mr. Kulski became a renowned architect, and designed buildings around the world - including in Washington, DC. Mr. Kulski has published dozens of works on architecture, as well as two memoirs of his time during the war and after: "Dying, We Live: The Personal Chronicle of a Young Freedom Fighter in Warsaw, 1939-1945" (published in 1979), and "Legacy of the White Eagle" (published in 2004), which in its shortened version has been introduced into the reading curriculum of U.S. public schools.

    The accolade ceremony was performed by MG Andrzej Fałkowski, Defense, Military, Navy & Air Attaché.
    The accolade ceremony was performed by MG Andrzej Fałkowski, Defense, Military, Navy & Air Attaché.

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