Julian Stanczak was born on November 5, 1928 in Borownica, Poland. He was a son of Victor Stanczak and Elizabeth (Cwynar) Stanczak. During World War II, Stanczak and his family were forced into a labor camp in Siberia, where they survived extreme conditions. Stanczak ultimately fled to a Polish refugee camp in Uganda in the late 1940's. Julian came to the United States in 1950 and seven years later received American citizenship.