Włodzimierz Szer (1924—2013) was born in Warsaw to the family of an accountant associated with a Jewish, socialist movement — Bund. After the outbreak of the war, with his father, he made it through to inland Russia. He enlisted in Kościuszko Division; he took part in the battle of Lenino. He was promoted from a private to a lieutenant colonel. He was wounded in fighting on the outskirts of Warsaw. His family was killed in Warsaw.
After the war, he was in Łódź where he got married, became a father of two daughters and graduated Chemistry from the University of Łódź. After enforced period of work in Chemical Corps, he took up scientific work at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The subject of his research was the synthesis of modified polynucleotides and their effects on protein biosynthesis. He and his family emigrated from Poland after 1967. He became a professor at the School of Medicine, New York University. He has trained a whole generation of doctors; he is the author of 160 scientific publications.
The book was published in the series: Wspomnienia, Relacje, Dzienniki [Memoirs, Accounts, Diaries].
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