It took Poland fifty years to regain its freedom. For many Poles it took even longer to liberate their memories. Marian Wiacek recorded his for his grandchildren.
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Gustav Herling-Grudziński, Inmate No. 1872, wrote his powerful indictment of the Soviet system of penal camps, the GULAG, not as a description of nations at war, but as a conflict between barbarism and civilization. First published in 1951, this book was quietly but intentionally suppressed for decades.
The world’s largest crocodiles cooled off in nearby water, and hippos and baboons helped themselves to lunch. But it was entertaining. And Irene Tomaszewski was there.
Chicago-based filmmaker Chris Swider discusses his award-winning documentary, and why he chose to focus on the youngest “enemies of the State.”
Author Lynne Taylor documents the dramatic story of a group of Polish orphans who were exiled to Siberia, escaped via the Middle East, and grew up in Africa. They finally came to Canada – in defiance of claims by the communist regime that the children belong to them.
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.
The Canadian immigration representative seemed perplexed. What was he think of this Polish matriarchy living in mud huts surrounded by lovely gardens with trimmed hedges and a view of the great mountain in the distance? The children in their smart uniforms didn’t help. He was looking for labour in Canada’s mines and forests.