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

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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.

 

About the Author:

Tadeusz Piotrowski is a professor of sociology and the associate dean of faculty at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and also the author of The Indian Heritage of New Hampshire and Northern New England (2002), Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn (2000), Poland's Holocaust (1998) and Vengeance of the Swallows (1995). He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786432585
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2007
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

1 Deportation 15
2 Soviet Union 33
3 Amnesty 77
4 Near and Middle East 97
5 India 126
6 Africa 137
7 New Zealand 182
8 Mexico 194
Document A NKVD instructions on "anti-Soviet elements" 203
Document B Basic instructions on deportations 204
Document C Katyn document from Beria to Stalin 209
Document D Soviet deportation report (London, 1943) 211
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