Julian Stryjkowski (before the war known as Pesach Stark) (1905-1996) – writer, author of, among others the novels “Głosy w ciemności” [“Voices in Darkness”] (1956), “Austeria” (1966), “Sen Azrila” [“Azril’s Dream”] (1975), “Czarna róża” [“Black Rose”] (1962), “Przybysz z Narbony” [“Stranger from Narbonne”] (1978). He came from the city of Stryj in Ukraine, he was the son of melamed Cwi Rosenmann and Chana née Stark. He graduated from the Jan Kazimierz University in Lviv with a doctoral degree, then in the years 1932-1933 he was a Polish language teacher at the Jewish Coeducational Middle School of Humanities in Płock at 28 Kolegialna Street. From 1934 he was associated with the Communist Party of Western Ukraine, for which in 1935- 1936 he was imprisoned. He then moved to Warsaw, where he started working in a bookstore, and also published in the pages of “Młody świat”. During World War II, he was in the USSR. After the war, he was the editor of the Polish Press Agency. In the years 1954-1978 he was professionally associated with the monthly “Twórczość”. In 1975 he was one of the signatories of “Letter 59”. Laureate of the A. Jurzykowski Foundation Prize in New York (1979), Stanisław Vincenz Award (1986) and the Jan Parandowski Polish PEN Club Award (1993).