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Born in Lodz, Poland into a middle class Jewish family, Julian Padowicz was 7 years old and living in Warsaw when WW II began. With bombs falling on their heads, Julian and his socialite mother began a trek that took them into southern Poland, where they endured Soviet occupation before escaping, in dramatic fashion, over the snow-covered Carpathian Mountains, into neutral Hungary. These experiences, as well as subsequent ones on their way to the United States, have been recounted in a three-part memoir by Padowicz under the titles, “Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939,” (Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine) “A Ship in the Harbor,” (Second Prize, Connecticut Press Club) and “Loves of Yulian.”
In 2010 Padowicz broke into the field of fiction with “Writer’s Block,” a humorous romance/adventure about the retired literature professor, “Kip” Kippur who sets out to avenge the wrongs of his life by writing a thinly disguised memoir and ends up in a series of life-altering and life-threatening adventures. The success of “Writer’s Block” led the author to produce a series of sequels featuring the same humorous characters and the coastal village of Venice, Massachusetts. They include “The Best Sunset in Venice”, “A Scandal in Venice”, and “Alexander’s Part Time Band.”
Padowicz received a degree in English from Colgate University, and served 5 years in the Air Force as an intercept instructor and navigator, prior to a 35-year career as a documentary filmmaker. As president of BusinessFilm International, he wrote and produced films on the role of newspapers in a democratic society, alcoholism, and the legitimacy of feelings, among other subjects, as well as scripting a series on the American way of life for the U.S. Information Agency.
Retired from filmmaking in 1991, Padowicz went on to write books on photography, dealing with angry customers, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, before launching his memoir series and his novels.
In demand as a speaker about both his Holocaust-related experiences and the creative process, Padowicz speaks in libraries, synagogues, churches, and universities throughout the country. He was recently invited to do annual book signings at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
With his wife, Donna, Padowicz lives in Stamford, Conn. He is an avid tennis player and is frequently seen on his daily runs along Hope Street, where he says he does his most creative thinking. In a blog entitled “Confessions of the Hope Street Stalker” (hopestreetstalker.blogspot.com) Padowicz shares many of the thoughts and incidents that occur during these runs.
Padowicz has three daughters, two stepsons, ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Born under the sign of Capricorn, he professes to be a “late bloomer.”