january 2009 blog 014


That is the story I read in a newspaper published in the 1940s while doing research for ALEUTIAN SPARROW. I don’t believe the “cat” technique was used often. In fact I’m not 100 percent certain this attempt to distract the guards and get food and medicine into the Warsaw Ghetto actually happened at all since I never came across the story in any other place.  But it was such an ingenious idea and so uplifting that it inspired THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE. Perhaps this event never really occurred, or perhaps it did not occur exactly the way it was related in the newspaper article, but it seemed to me it spoke so beautifully of the human spirit and in this case that was truth enough for me.