The Polish Deportees of World War II Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World

The Polish Deportees of World War II Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World

by Tadeusz Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski
     
 

Among the great tragedies that befell Poland during World War II was the forced deportation of its citizens by the Soviet Union during the first Soviet occupation of that country between 1939 and 1941.

This is the story of that brutal Soviet ethnic cleansing campaign told in the words of some of the survivors. It is an unforgettable human drama of excruciating

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Overview

Among the great tragedies that befell Poland during World War II was the forced deportation of its citizens by the Soviet Union during the first Soviet occupation of that country between 1939 and 1941.

This is the story of that brutal Soviet ethnic cleansing campaign told in the words of some of the survivors. It is an unforgettable human drama of excruciating martyrdom in the Gulag. For example, one witness reports: "A young woman who had given birth on the train threw herself and her newborn under the wheels of an approaching train." Survivors also tell the story of events after the "amnesty." "Our suffering is simply indescribable. We have spent weeks now sleeping in lice-infested dirty rags in train stations," wrote the Milewski family. Details are also given on the non-European countries that extended a helping hand to the exiles in their hour of need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786432585
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/14/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Tadeusz Piotrowski is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester where he also teaches courses in anthropology and the Holocaust, and where he served as the Associate Dean of Faculty. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Associate Professor Award. He lives in Manchester.

Table of Contents

1Deportation15
2Soviet Union33
3Amnesty77
4Near and Middle East97
5India126
6Africa137
7New Zealand182
8Mexico194
Document ANKVD instructions on "anti-Soviet elements"203
Document BBasic instructions on deportations204
Document CKatyn document from Beria to Stalin209
Document DSoviet deportation report (London, 1943)211

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