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Poles Apart: From Darkness, Fire and Chains ... a review from the heart
on 11 May 2011
My Polish father-in-law Edmund was one of the inspirations for this book - he was reunited with his long-lost children after more than 30 years apart and this led our family on an extraordinary journey of rediscovery involving amazing coincidences and due to a twist of fate Chris Piechowski found himself unexpectedly playing a pivotal part.
When Chris told us of his book, we were keen to see how our family featured in the story and we were not disappointed. He has successfully woven together many accounts of personal experiences during the Second World War in Poland and has produced a novel that graphically and movingly illustrates the horrors that the Poles went through during those terrible years. There are many personal references to our family throughout the book and it was an amazing feeling to be reading about the brown leather wallet that was so central to the story and to glance up and actually see that very wallet sitting on the shelf in front of me.
When my father-in-law occasionally spoke about his experiences in the war, we tried to fully appreciate the traumas and difficulties he had been through but to truly feel the horror was hard. We always sat and listened in amazement and admiration at both the emotional and physical strength he and many others had to have to survive all they had to endure. This book has bought the stories he shared with us to life and has enabled us to gain an added insight into just how the Poles suffered ... it is a story of survival against the odds and ultimately the reuniting of a family separated by war. My only regret is that Edmund is no longer here to see the publication of this book. He was a wonderful man and would have been so very proud.
Thank you Chris for being part of our extraordinary story and for writing such a powerful, moving and brilliant book.