Scenes From The Siege of Doblina, Part 1 1939-1945

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1940s & '50s

Michael Beiriger

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We live the stories of Doblina's Christian and Jewish Poles, refugees, and the erratic parade of Nazi commandants and lowly soldiers during the long, agonizing occupation of this innocent town. The blind, unyielding Nazi dream will destroy many of these lives, but youth and hope will fight and win.


Action,Epic,Drama,War,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Pre-teens Emil and Miron experience the shocking spectacle of waves of refugees fleeing the Nazi invasion of eastern Poland pushing through their town. The boys innocence and naive patriotism are shattered as they help Dr. Brokowski--Emil's father--with wounded and retreating Polish soldiers.

After years of guerrilla action Emil and the rebels cheer as the Germans are driven out, only to face Soviet occupation. Emil is forced into Communist training, and his friend Vincent joins the Russian Army, still fighting Nazis to the end. Dr. Brokowski finds peace in working for a new Poland.


A modest but prosperous farming town in Poland

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One',Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Emil Brokowski

Age: twelve at the beginning

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Educated,Flexible,Honorable,Leader,Modest,Patriotic,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Stefan Brokowski

Age: 55 at the beginning

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Vincent Babik

Age: 16 at the beginning

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Heartthrob,Heroic,Leader,Masculine,Narcisstic,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Saul Penzik

Age: 21 at beginning

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Heroic,Educated,Underdog,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Sarcastic,Sophisticated,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

We open with the Polish and Jewish citizens of Doblina as they react to defeat by the Nazis with a stunned disbelief that evolves to anger, sullen co-operation, resistance, and, finally, rebellion and bittersweet victory. 'Doblina' is a four-novel saga that covers five years of brutal occupation. How deep is a person's reservoir of hope? How do they find the will to get out of bed each morning? This is NOT a holocaust story, per se, but it certainly comes for Doblina's Jews. It was only then the Christian Poles began to see that they were next. 'Doblina' is a multi-year, multi-character story perfectly suited for long-form TV or cable. The saga is filled with heartfelt drama and tragedy, but not a lot of vast spectacle. Death and violence are commonplace, but life still goes on with romance, passion, marriage, and births. True to the title, each segment of the book resembles scenes in a film--the scope of the book is too wide with too many characters for a 'traditional' novel structure.

About The Author

'Doblina' is the product of several years of deep research and the saga is told in four novels, pushing my total of published novels to seven. I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas, and my primary career was as a sound engineer working in film, TV, and animation in Los Angeles.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Polish citizens, Polish-Americans, WWII survivors, Jewish refugees

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2017 -2019

Hard Copy Available