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on 23 November 2009
Just in time a book that captures the memories and recollections of survivors of one of history's least known but largest-scale ethnic cleansings. During WW2 millions of Polish citizens were deported into forced labour camps or workplaces on two fronts: in the west the Nazis plundered human labour for their economic and war efforts, while in the east Stalin's Red Army and NKVD officials forced as many as 1.7 million men, women and children from their homes and resettled them in Siberia, the Russian far east, and Kazakhstan amongst other destinations.

The individuals who survived these abuses and atrocities are now disappearing so this vital book puts the truth firmly on the record, in the words of those who lived through these experiences.

Complemented by short commentaries, poetry by descendents of the survivors, and compiled together as a tribute to the families who went through the unthinkable brutality of Nazi and Soviet expansionist policies, the book presents living testimony that adds to and deepens our understanding of the reality of the Second World War and the nature of the unique suffering of the Polish nation. Essential reading.
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on 7 June 2013
A very interesting, long overdue, well thought through, and beautifully published, book about the Polish Christians’ Diaspora during and after WWII. How reliable, though, and factually correct are reminiscences of the people presented in that book? It is a shame that the author has not troubled herself to check the ITS records of the alleged victims of Auschwitz. And why is she calling the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau “Oswiecim”?- has something got lost in translation?
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