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Finding Poland [Paperback]

Matthew Kelly
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Review

"Both as a work of history and as an upmarket version of Who Do You Think You Are? this book is a great success" (Dominic Sandbrook The Sunday Times)

"A fascinating blend of biography and history, which poignantly evokes the pain and loss attendant on exile, in both wartime and peace." (Ian Thomson Daily Telegraph)

"In Finding Poland, about his grandmother's deportation from Poland, he has a cracking story which he tells with compassion, verve, and the professional historian's restraint and accuracy" (Bridget Hourican Irish Times)

"Moving book...Scholarly without being oppressive, Kelly's book reminds us how millions of people in the last century were uprooted by war and ideology, their expectations blown to the winds, their horizons utterly altered." (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

Book Description

An expansive, insightful and moving history of the Polish experience during World War Two, and its lasting legacy

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Following the partitioning of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, Matthew Kelly's great grandmother and her two daughters were deported to the East. Thus began an extraordinary ordeal that took them, and many thousands like them, on a journey stretching from Siberia to Pakistan, and beyond. Their male relatives endured a parallel journey; arrested, exiled, and held as prisoners of war. Countless numbers were summarily executed by the Red Army. They saw the steppe, they were put to work in labour camps, they built sections of the trans-Siberian railway, they cleared forests, they toiled on collective farms. They knew hunger, exhaustion, disease and death.

Persecuted by the Soviet Union, Poland was to become its unexpected ally following the German invasion in 1941. A new Polish army, 'The Anders Army' was assembled in Palestine. For a brief moment, in Kazakhstan, families were reunited, before being evacuated; to India, to Britain, to Mexico and East Africa; and from there, across the world. The experiences of these Poles had consequences far reaching and enduring, both to Poland, to Polish identity, and to the families that survived; reverberating through generations.

These incredible stories remain largely untold. In Finding Poland Matthew Kelly embarks on a journey through his ancestor's footsteps, travelling through places they lived, and landscapes they survived, to provide an account of these extraordinary people and their unique history. Part memoir, history and travel book, it is also a profound meditation on the experience of displacement and exile, of the impact of such seismic disruption, and the deep legacies such trauma bequeaths.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Following the partition of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, Mathew Kelly's great grandmother and her two daughters were deported to the East. Thus began an extraordinary ordeal that took them, and many thousands like them, on a journey stretching from Siberia to Iran, India and beyond.

They saw the steppe, they were put to work in labour camps, they built sections of the Trans-Siberian railway. They knew hunger, exhaustion, disease and death. Their male relatives endured a parallel journey: executed, arrested, exiled, and held as prisoners of war.

What would happen to them at the war's end? The answer to this question had consequences far reaching and enduring, both to Poland, to Polish identity, and to the families that survived, reverberating through the generations. Matthew Kelly embarks on a journey through his family's footsteps, travelling through the places they lived and landscapes they survived to provide an account of his extraordinary family and their people's unique history.

'A fascinating blend of biography and history, which poignantly evokes the pain and loss attendant on exile, in both wartime and peace' Daily Telegraph

'A cracking story which he tells with compassion, verve, and the professional historian's restraint and accuracy' Irish Times

About the Author

Matthew Kelly was born in Plymouth in 1975 and spent much of his childhood in Devon. He was an undergraduate and graduate student at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a DPhil in Irish history in 2003. His first book, The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916, was published in 2006. He writes for the London Review of Books and has just taken up a lectureship at the University of Southampton.
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