Post Tagged with: "Siberia"

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival
2016 Vol. 8 No. 2 - Spring / Books

Window to Freedom: A Journey of Survival

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.

A World Apart
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

A World Apart

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.

Chatting with Greg Archer
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books / Interviews

Chatting with Greg Archer

Justine Jablonska catches Greg Archer in a serious moment, and the conversation ranges from Cyndi Lauper and Ewan McGregor to his indomitable family and the after-effects of war.

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed

Fast-paced, sometimes self-indulgent but at times furiously funny, Greg Archer looks at his family’s traumatic experience in the Soviet gulag after years of running away from it.

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Features

When Rhinos Roamed the Polish Prairie: The Exotic Homeland of Poles in Africa

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.

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 — Fall / Films / Interviews

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag

Chicago-based filmmaker Chris Swider discusses his award-winning documentary, and why he chose to focus on the youngest “enemies of the State.”

Polish Orphans of Tengeru: The Dramatic Story of Their Long Journey to Canada 1941-49
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 — Summer / Books

Polish Orphans of Tengeru: The Dramatic Story of Their Long Journey to Canada 1941-49

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.

Recovering a Stolen Childhood
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Features / Interviews

Recovering a Stolen Childhood

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.

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

With the Soviet dystopia as background, the book reads like a terror-filled adventure – all the more so because it’s non-fiction.

From the Snows of Siberia to the Snows of Kilimanjaro
2009 — Spring / Features

From the Snows of Siberia to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

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.