In the ranks of the Polish Nobel laureates there’s no room for Isaac Bashevis Singer. However, the writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1978 and died in Miami thirteen years later was born in Leoncin, a village a stone’s throw from Warsaw in 1902. Icek Hersz Zynger – that was his name back then – spent his youth in Poland in the little towns of Biłgoraj and Radzymin. Then, he moved with his family to the burgeoning Polish capital where he lived, studied and worked for a number of years. The author emigrated to the US when he was 32 and gained the American citizenship only in 1943.