The Polish Deportees of World War II: Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World
Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski
Among the great tragedies that befell Poland during World War II was the forced deportation of its citizens by the Soviet Union during the first Soviet occupation of that country between 1939 and 1941.
This is the story of that brutal Soviet ethnic cleansing campaign told in the words of some of the survivors. It is an unforgettable human drama of excruciating martyrdom in the Gulag. For example, one witness reports: "A young woman who had given birth on the train threw herself and her newborn under the wheels of an approaching train." Survivors also tell the story of events after the "amnesty." "Our suffering is simply indescribable. We have spent weeks now sleeping in lice-infested dirty rags in train stations," wrote the Milewski family. Details are also given on the non-European countries that extended a helping hand to the exiles in their hour of need.
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TADEUSZ PIOTROWSKI, a native of Wolyn, and his family lived under both the Soviet and the German occupations of Poland's eastern territories until August 1943. He is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester where he also teaches courses in anthropology and the Holocaust, and where he received the Outstanding Associate Professor Award for 1996-1997. Piotrowski won the 1998 Literary Award from the Polish Socio-Cultural Centre of the Polish Library in London and the 1995 Cultural Achievement Award from the American Council for Polish Culture. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Publishing House: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson 2008
SoftCover book measuring 7" x 10"
256 pages, index
English Language Version
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