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The great courage of a brave young woman from a brave nation
on 1 January 2011
This book does more than tell the hard-to-believe story of one brave young woman's response to persecution by Stalin's Russians and the Nazis; it also describes the very great bravery shown by the Polish nation.
While Britain was allegedly standing alone, the Polish people never ceased fighting the Germans. Whilst Churchill braced Britain for the possibility of a war amongst its hedgerows, the Polish people fought such a war in reality and never, ever stopped.
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It is easy to read and makes extraordinary human actions sound ordinary. The ease with which one comes to believe in the kindness, compassion and courage of ordinary citizens in the face of mortal danger, is a credit to the Polish people. How many British then, and particularly now, would risk their own lives to help a stranger? As a British citizen I feel humble that the Polish people faced so much, with such fortitude and gained so little from their actions. It feels good now to have them within the Eurean Economic Community. The Polish are a truly great nation.