Life's Journey: Autobiography

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The author chronicles the experiences of his family in pre-war and wartime Poland, the Soviet Union, Iran, Pakistan, India, Britain, and the United States. The Bak family was deported by the Soviets to Siberia in 1940. After Germany declared war on Russia in 1942, the family escaped from a labor camp and went to Uzbekistan, where Piotr Bak, the author's father, joined the Polish Army in Exile. The Army and civilian family members were evacuated to Iran in 1942. As a child, Eugene Bak spent five years in refugee ...

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Overview

The author chronicles the experiences of his family in pre-war and wartime Poland, the Soviet Union, Iran, Pakistan, India, Britain, and the United States. The Bak family was deported by the Soviets to Siberia in 1940. After Germany declared war on Russia in 1942, the family escaped from a labor camp and went to Uzbekistan, where Piotr Bak, the author's father, joined the Polish Army in Exile. The Army and civilian family members were evacuated to Iran in 1942. As a child, Eugene Bak spent five years in refugee camps in Iran, Pakistan, and India. The family went to England in 1947 and immigrated to the United States in 1952, where Eugene Bak became president of a chemical plant in Franklin, PA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335072
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 2/5/2003
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Bak is retired and lives in Westlake, OH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    This true story of Stalin's death camps must be told!

    Mr. Bak tells the amazing, heartbreaking story of the 1.5 million Poles deported by Stalin to the gulags of Siberia after the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland during World War II. Packed onto trains, those who survived the month-long journey (horrific in its own right), arrived at forced labor camps in the Siberian forests where they were made to cut trees in temperatures reaching 40 below zero, while being subjected to starvation, sickness and death. Those who survived were later shuttled for years from one refugee camp to another all over Asia, where they survived by their own indomitable spirit and limited assistance from worldwide relief agencies and the hospitality of friendlier countries such as Persia and India. My parents, who are also survivors of this tragic time in history, gave me this book recently. It was their way of finally sharing their story with me.

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