Kazimir Ladny

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General Information

Name: Kazimir Ladny

Pen Name: None

Born: in Poland

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Illinois Connection

Ladny has lived in Springfield, Illinois since 1951.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ladny is a Polish WW II veteran who has led a remarkable life, which he chronicles in his book It Was Worth It: The Adventures of a Polish POW in World War II. Ladny was born on a Polish farm, became a counterintelligence officer in the Polish Army and was near the front lines as Germany invaded at the beginning of World War II.

Ladny spent time as a POW in both Russia and Germany. He was captured by the Russians in late 1939, spending the winter in a Siberian POW camp. He was then exchanged with the Germans, and spent the remainder of the war as a slave laborer. Liberated in 1945, he struggled to survive, even dabbling in the black market before finally emigrating to America. He ended up in Springfield, Illinois in 1951.

Published Works

  • It Was Worth It, The Adventures of a Polish POW in WWII, World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, 2000

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

It was worth it, the adventures of a Polish POW in World War II

ASIN: B0006S99XK
Release Date: 2002

Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Kazimir Ladny on WorldCat

Kazimir Ladny on Amazon


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