Stones for the Rampart

Stones for the Rampart, Polish Kamienie na szaniec was written by Aleksander Kamiński in 1943. This nonfiction novel was firstly published by the Polish underground press during the World War II occupation of Poland.

The book describes actions of small sabotage and armed resistance taken by Polish underground movement – the Gray Ranks – against German occupation forces. The author himself was one of the instructors and leaders of the organization as well as a member of the Polish Home Army resistance movement and the editor of the underground Biuletyn Informacyjny magazine. The story is based on the memoirs of Tadeusz Zawadzki (code name “Zoska”) 22 years old  member of Gray Rank. The book is slightly fictionalized account of real lives of “Rudy” “Zoska” and Alek” 22 year old members of Gray Rank. It tells the story of a group of Polish boy scouts trying to rescue their friend (Rudy”) from Gestapo captivity with the final act centred on the Operation Arsenal. Although they manage to free “Rudy” he dies due to the injuries from tortures conducted on him during German interrogations. “Alek” and “Zoska” die shortly afterwards.

Stones for the Rampart became very popular and soon after the book entered the canon of Polish literature. The book was also published in English (1944) and Czech(1948). In 1978 it was made into a movie titled “Akcja Pod Arsenałem” directed by Jan Łomnicki. A new film based on the book was released in Poland in 2014. It was directed by Robert Gliński and promoted by the song of a Polish singer Dawid Podsiadło “4:30”.