From captivity to an enchanting world of freedom – growing up in equatorial Africa.
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A many layered story about the sentimental education of an American student in post-war Europe told with wit, sensitivity and elegance.
Wesley Adamczyk survived deportation to Siberia and exile to chronicle that journey in When God Looked the Other Way, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. His father, Jan Adamczyk, was one of tens of thousands of Polish officers killed in the Katyń massacre.
With the Soviet dystopia as background, the book reads like a terror-filled adventure – all the more so because it’s non-fiction.
Between August 1942 and November 1946, close to 1,000 Polish children and their guardians lived in idyllic settlements on the Kathiawar Peninsula in India not far from the summer residence of the Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinhi. They had come at the Maharaja’s invitation from orphanages in Ashkabad, the capital of Turkmenistan, and Samarkand.