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Excellent blend of history and memoir,
This review is from: Finding Poland (Hardcover)
A very engaging book. Kelly manages to blend a personal and often touching story from his grandmother's childhood, tracking her wartime journey from eastern Poland to Kazakhstan, Iran and India to Britain, with the historical backdrop of these events. The history illuminates the personal; the family story is often told through correspondence which magically survived to this day. While Poland suffered greatly at the hands of the Germans, the book traces the less familiar fate of those taken east - on a journey that started with mass deportation of Poles to Siberia/Russia/Kazakhstan in 1941. FINDING POLAND gives you the historical context to enrich the standard wartime narrative and explain how many Poles found themselves living all across the globe. A compelling read.
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Initial post: 20 Sep 2010 19:51:07 BDT
A. Siburuth says:
I found this book very interesting and learned something about the horrors and fear of the Polish Kresy people. My Dad was also transported to Siberia, but on the 1st transport of 10th February 1940, so it became personal to me. The book helped me understand some of the stories Dad used to tell me about his experiences and the sadness. Through this book, I was able to fill in some of the gaps which Dad wouldn't talk about. A very worthwhile read, and this is a subject which should be put into the limelight, instead of being "hidden" away. Ann Siburuth.
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