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Fascinating account of an extraordinary journey and the shaping of Polish identity,
This review is from: Finding Poland (Hardcover)
This book gives a wonderful insight into a little-known episode of the Second World War - the forced migration of thousands of Poles living in the borderlands of the Soviet Union in the aftermath of Soviet occupation. It weaves together scholarship and family history providing what feels like a very privileged insight into one family's personal experience. It interprets this experience within the context of much larger processes of historical change taking place in eastern Europe at the time. It is a rich account too of the construction of Polish identity - and a reminder of the long and varied history of Polish migration to the UK. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2011 10:43:04 BDT
Louise, a slight correction, people were generally deported from Poland and NOT the "borderlands of the Soviet Union". Kelly also sometimes falls into the trap of defining nationality in terms of POST-war borders, Eg. Lwow was always a "Polish" city until the betrayal at Yalta. Both sets of my grandparents and my parents (who were children at the time) endured this Soviet Ethnic cleansing and deportation in railway cattle trucks to Siberia. My father's family lived not far from Warsaw and my Mother's family lived near Lwow; both for several generations - they were always Polski even under the Black Eagle partitions. A highly recommended and better informed history is provided in "Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present" by Norman Davies. Amazon reviews are always worth reading.
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