About the Book
This poignant and moving memoir takes readers on a journey of loss, danger, fear and survival. An incredible journey that started in war-torn Poland in 1938 and continued through a series of never-ending displacements. A journey made possible only through Anna’s strength and resilience. Anna Glowacki Munoz’s story begins in war-torn Poland in 1938. As the war brought violence and death to so many innocent people, she and her family had their own narrow escape. Others survived thanks to the bravery of individuals like her father who took great risks to help many of the most vulnerable. Anna and her father withstood the chaos and danger because of careful planning as well as chance and good fortune. As one war closed, another threat loomed. Anna and her father fled Poland in 1948 as the Iron Curtain began to fall, escaping before they were swallowed up by a new upheaval. As a young immigrant in the U.S., she faced the prejudice and heard the taunts of children who used the epithet of DP – or Displaced Person – when they pointed at the foreigner in their midst. Anna didn’t feel like a refugee, but she didn’t have a permanent home either. For decades, life did not allow her to plant roots. Anna never lived in the same place for more than three or four years. She had a series of borrowed homes and temporary residences, but nothing that felt like hers, nothing that truly belonged to her. Anna married the love of her life, a man who chose a career in the United States Marine Corps. His career gave them a life filled with much happiness, the blessings of their children and good friends, and the chance to experience many great places in this beautiful and vast country. Another war far off in Vietnam brought a new but familiar apprehension and fear for her husband a world away that left scars both visible and unseen. Anna’s journey was long but eventually she found her “happy ever after,” her forever home and the “Displaced Person” became a distant memory.