During my early morning commute to the office, I usually listen to audiobooks. Currently, I’m listening to a book on what happened on the eastern front during World War II, the major center of the war that is still unfamiliar to most Americans.

But as I listen to the book, I keep thinking about my friend Jerzy who lived through this history. 

Years ago, over a great cup of coffee at McDonald’s, Jerzy told me and my fiancée (now my wife) his life story. Cramped around a little table by the cashier, my fiancée and I listened attentively to Jerzy emotionally recount his life, with Kleenex in hand. I was stunned. Stories like Jerzy’s need to be heard, and I was incredibly honored to hear his that night at the McDonald’s on the South Side. 

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