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625 words A summary of the fate of Poles who were deported by the Soviets from the eastern part of Poland after it was occupied by the USSR in 1939.
5,000 words A survivor's account of her and her family's deportation by the Soviets from the eastern part of Poland in 1940. After a train journey of seven or more weeks sealed in a boxcar, and 20 months imprisonment in a work camp i n Russia's far north, the Poplewskis are freed, but another horrendous 10 months elapses before they are finally manage to leave the Soviet Union.
6, 290 words Chapter 7 of Exiled to Siberia - A Polish Child's WWII Journey, a book by Klaus Hergt. The chapter describes the February 1940 deportation to Siberia from their home in Eastern Poland of Henryk Birectki, a 10 year old, and his family. An appendix provides an English translation of the secret Soviet instructions regarding the procedures for conducting the deportations.
11,065 words Chapter 6 of Straws in the Wind, a book by Eugene Krajewski. The chapter describes the family's deportation to Siberia and their life, travails and survival in a forced labor camp in the far north.
8,475 words Chapter 17 of Without Vodka - adventures in wartime Russia, a book by Aleksander Topolski. In the chapter Topolski describes a train journey by a group of Poles who in December 1941, following an "amnesty" release from the Soviet gulags, seek to reach the Polish Army being formed in the south of the Soviet Union.
3,685 words Extended excerpt from Chapter 3 of When God Looked the Other Way - An Odyssey of War, Exile, and Redemption, a book by Wesley Adamczyk. In the excerpy Adamczyk describes the start of the war in September 1939, the departure of his father from their home in Luck, the Soviet occupation and the night the Russian soldiers came at 2:00 a.m. to arrest his family with deportation orders.
5,040 words An exhibit of an Electronic Museum located in Hamilton, Canada. Based on a lecture by Dr. Tadeusz Piotrowaki. Features sections entitled: Introduction; Overture; Deportation; "Amnesty"; Bibliography; and a Photo Album
296 pages Book by Lucian Krolikowski, OFM Conv. which details the war time saga of thousands of Polish children deported to Soviet Russia and thereafter left virtually homeless. The 273 page book is in four parts and two appendices: Part I - Deportation to Russia (73 pages), Part II - In Africa (108 pages), Part III - Through Europe (32 pages), Part IV - In Canada (44 pages), Appendix A - Additional accounts of the Orphans (8 pages), Appendix B - In Other Parts of the World (24 pages)
35,000 words The life of the family of a Jewish lawyer in Poland prior to WWII (14,340 words); war, invasion and father's arrest (3,635); deportation to and survival in the Soviet Union ( ): return to Poland and emigration (2,352 words)
48 webpages Website that takes its name from a documentary film about the deportations of Poles to the Soviet Union in 1939-42. Provides information about the film but also serves as resource source, features photographs, lists books, films and links on the subject
35,000 words The tale of the deported 1940-1946. The website, somewhat strangely constructed, derives from a book and features extracts of the book's contents; one such is tale by Janina Stobniak-Smogorzewska, running to 5,500 words. It can be viewed in more easily in a set of separate windows.
9 chapters Between 1940 and 1942 Polish prisoners were sent to Kolyma's labor camps. Thanks to an unusual political arrangement that took place in 1942 between the Soviet Union and the Polish Government in London, the Poles who left the shores of the gold land and exposed its nature to the world. The website presents a Polish survivor's account of the most feared outpost of the Soviet Gulag
6 chapters + The story of a group of displaced persons who were among the 1,500,000 Poles who were deported to the Soviet Union in 1940 and who in 1950, years after their release from the Soviet Union, arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, aboard a United States Army transport carrier the USAT General W. C. Langfitt.
2,565 words Translated synopsis of a 1996 monograph subtitled A Study of the Extermination of a Former Political Nation.
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A large site that brings to life, though the memoirs and letters of two Poles, Janina Sulkowska and Leon Gladun, and their relatives, the fate of millions of Poles at the hands of the Soviets after the eastern part of Pol and was occupied by the USSR in 1939. The material, lovingly collected, annotated and illustrated, was posted by the couple's son, a Polish-Canadian.
  1. A richly illustrated and deeply moving WWII diary of a Polish woman survivor of Soviets imprisonment and deportation to Siberia.
  2. An introduction to the Sulkowski family, who prior to WWII lived in Krzemieniec in eastern Poland, and to what befell them after the invasion of that area of Poland by the USSR in 1939.
  3. Taken as a POW by the USSR in 1939, Leon Galdun is one of just 400 Polish officers who is later not murdered by the Soviets at Katyn. In time, evacuated from the Soviet Union, he takes part in the battle of Monte Cassino as a member of the Polish Second Corps.
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