Ludwik Kowalski

Ludwik Kowalski

Ludwik Kowalski turned 80 in October 2011. Born in Poland, educated in the USSR, Poland and France, he came to the USA in 1964 with a doctorate (Sorbonne) in nuclear physics. After his first four years as a postdoc at Columbia University, he became a professor at Montclair State University. He is the author and co-author of well over one hundred publications and conference presentation (see Wikipedia). Ludwik and his wife Linda--they were married in 1967--live in Fort Lee, New Jersey. They have one daughter and one granddaughter.

Ludwik's father, a civil engineer in Poland, left for the Soviet Union in 1931. An idealistic communist, he believed it was his duty to emigrate, and to contribute to the building of a new society. In 1938 he was arrested and sent to a Gulag camp, where he died two years later, at the age of 36. This did not prevent the young Ludwik from becoming a dedicated Stalinist and a communist party member after returning to Poland. Two of his books, "Hell on Earth," published in 2008, based on numerous references, and "Tyranny to Freedom," published in 2009, based on diaries written in Poland, France, and the United States. are devoted to reflections on communist ideology. The first book describes facts with which young Americans are not always familiar; the second traces Ludwik's evolution from one extreme to another, from a devoted communist to an active anti-communist.

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