During the German occupation of Poland in World War II, Ficowski, who lived in Włochy near Warsaw, was a member of the Polish resistance. He was a member of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), was imprisoned in the infamous Pawiak and took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. His codename was Wrak and he fought in the Mokotów region. Following the uprising, Ficowski entered a camp with other survivors of the battle.

 

 

I Did Not Manage To Save

I did not manage to save
a single life
I did not know how to stop
a single bullet
 
and I wander round cemeteries
which are not there
 
I look for words
which are not there
I run
 
to help where no one called
to rescue after the event
 
I want to be on time
even if I am too late

 

Jerzy Ficowski
(Translated by Keith Bosley & Krystyna Wandycz)