The Unknown Hero
Of all the books and films produced about the end of the Cold War not one has gotten it completely right. With the new website, www.jerzy2sainthood.com and the upcoming feature film, the world will finally learn that the end of Communism in Eastern Europe started with a 37 year-old hero of human rights and his 600-seat church in Warsaw, Poland. For if we look at the wise men who whispered war, revolution, regime change, democracy, free markets, nation building and the end of tyranny in our world over the past 25 years, we find that none of them in their wisdom, whispered the love of the enemy, nor prayer, nor law and order, nor humble suffering and patient faith in providence. And if we read the wise literature about the end of the Cold War, we do not learn of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, nor the preeminence of loving thy neighbor, of prayer, of the Virgin Mary. And if we do not hear of such things, we do not practice them. It ‘s time to broadcast the truth about the heroic life and brutal murder of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko and how his sacrifice led to the end of the Cold War.
Paul Hensler began his career in Hollywood working on films such as Apocalypse Now, Deer Hunter, and An Officer and a Gentleman. Paul wrote and produced Don’t Cry It’s Only Thunder, about an orphanage he founded in Vietnam. A movie which won the 1982 Christopher Award and was nominated for the Humanitas Award. He wrote the story for and produced Gotcha for Universal. He also wrote and produced the Academy Award nominated short The Silence for the American Film Institute. Paul bought the rights to the book The Priest and the Policeman in 1989. He has been actively researching and developing the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko for 23 years. The documentary based on this book, is entitled Jerzy, Messenger of the Truth.
Charles is a follower of One, a husband, blogger and freelance writer looking to leave this world a little better than he found it. He blogs at his own blog site SecondIron’s Blog as well as develops and contributes to this and other sites. He has also contributes to Catholic365 and periodically guest posts on other blog sites. Charles was raised Catholic and much of his writing is rooted in his faith. He applies his experiences, faith-based leadership and life coaching to his writing. He was introduced to the Father Jerzy and his story through Paul in a chance meeting of nearly divine proportions. Having read the book, his sermons as well as spending hours with Paul he feels this is a story that needs to be told.