ObroĹ„ca Grodna. Zapomniany bohater (Defender of Grodno: Forgotten Hero) by Piotr KoĹ›ciĹ„ski is an important and interesting novel. These are already two reasons enough to read it. But it is also well-told, fast-paced and a has well-drawn main character. However, the novel is based on a real-life personâ€”Major Benedykt Serafin, a professional officer in pre-war Poland, who was the actual commander of the three-day defense of Grodno against the Red Army, from September 20 to 22, 1939.