The Polish Experience through World War II

The Polish Experience through World War II : A Better Day Has Not Come

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The Polish Experience through World War II explores Polish history through the lives of people touched by the war. The touching and terrible experiences of these people are laid bare by straightforward, first-hand accounts, including not only the hardships of deportation and concentration and refugee camps, but also the price paid by the officers killed or taken as prisoners during WWII and the families they left behind. Ziolkowska-Boehm reveals the difficulties of these women and children when, having lost their husbands and fathers, their travails take them through Siberia, Persia, India, and then Africa, New Zealand, or Mexico.show more

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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 20mm | 459.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1 Maps; 21 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739178199
  • 9780739178195
  • 2,147,566

About Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm

Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm is an independent scholar and the author of twenty-three books, including The Roots Are Polish.show more

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Ziolkowska-Boehm brings the reader into the hearts and souls of four women who have survived bloody massacres, hardships, deportation, and concentration camps through their oral histories...A heart- wrenching book that should be read by all. Polish American Journal Ziolkowska-Boehm's collection of deeply affecting personal and family narratives returns us to the level where individuals are caught up in historical events that changed their lives forever, and tells us how they experienced them. ... During the war years Polish women undertook many difficult tasks to preserve both their families and their nation. Their efforts and perspective are given exposure here in a way that impresses the reader hitherto unfamiliar with their achievements. Ms. Ziolkowska-Boehm is to be congratulated for making their voices heard. The Sarmatian Review The latest book from that most prolific chronicler of Polish WWII experiences, Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, tells the stories of four families, all of them subjected to the horrors of Poland's double, Soviet-German, attack...These are harrowing tales but important and well told. They speak more about the role of Polish women during the war, a departure from the idea of resistance as understood only in the conventional sense of the word. The care and rescue of family and others, and the preservation of identity and culture are also important elements of resistance and Polish women have long played an important part...A wonderful book and well worth reading. Illuminates the human tragedy of the dual Soviet-German attack that Poland endured. Cosmopolitan A remarkable and highly personal account of the human suffering the victims of both Hitlerism and Stalinism had to endure ... beyond comprehension of most Americans. -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, Johns Hopkins University and Center for Strategic and International Studies; former National Security Advisor to President Carter In World War II the Poles suffered oppression and murder from both Nazi Germanyand the USSR , which attacked their country and divided it between them in September 1939.The Wartanowicz and Michalak families were deported from former eastern Poland to Soviet labor camps near Archangel or farms in Kazakhstan. Freed after the German attack on the USSR, they left in 1942 with the Anders Army for Persia (Iran) and then scattered all over the world. Reserve Captain, PilotWitold Krasicki was shot by the Soviets in spring 1940, along with thousands of Polish POWs and other prisoners. His family survived the German occupation in Warsaw, including the two-month Polish Home Army uprising against the Germans in 1944. Wanda Ossowska worked for the Polish resistance, survived brutal Nazi torture, three Nazi death camps, and risked her life to save a Jewish girl.In the author's interviews with the survivors and theirrelatives, theytelltheir poignant stories withvivid, personal memories of wartime life and death, as well astheir lives in postwar Communist Poland or elsewhere. We should be grateful to Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm who has savedthese memories for us. -- Anna M. Cienciala, University of Kansas Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm has written on a wide variety of subjects. But she writes with particular feeling when describing, as she does in this new book, the heroism and suffering of Poles during the Second World War. These are stories that must be told-and she tells them very well, indeed. -- Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson, authors of A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron-Forgotten Heroes of World War II These accounts of Polish family life in Russian and German camps during World War II describe people subsisting on weeds and horse heads, living sometimes in pig sties. Children watch as fathers and mothers wither and die amidst "the calm of terror." Bodies are thrown out of running trains. Prisoners shiver in the intense cold of long winters, always hungry, amidst bedbugs that somehow survive even the coldest nights. Meet Wanda Ossowska, interrogated 57 times by the Gestapo, tortured "to the limits of her endurance," refusing to name names. It's another time, another world, "the true valleys of death," when even hospitals were "houses for dying"-genocide one by one, or by the thousands (as in the Katyn massacre). These evocative, descriptive accounts become terrifyingly haunting and personally intimate. -- Bruce E. Johansen, University of Nebraska at Omaha An unforgettable picture of the martyrdom of women and children sent from Poland behind the Urals. A powerful work of art that should be read and re-read. -- Karl Maramorosch, Rutgers University Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm tells stories that are the substance of history and of dreams. She tells the stories of individuals who are both ordinary and heroic... . The book is an easy read in spite of its spellbinding intensity. -- Ewa Thompson, Rice Universityshow more

Table of contents

Foreword by Neal Pease Preface by Author Part 1: A BETTER DAY HAS NOT COME 1.The Changes came quickly 2.The Camps 3.The Road to Uzbekistan 4.Fergana, Uzbekistan 5.The Meeting 6.The Journey 7.In Pahlavi 8.Teheran 9.Santa Rosa Part 2: WARTANOWICZ FAMILY VINEYARDS IN PODOLE 10.Eugeniusz Wartanowicz, an Armenian From Dzwiniacz 11.Jozef Wartanowicz and his Vineyards 12.Anulka, the daughter of Marian-a Podolan from Johannesburg 13.Seven Surviving Letters 14.Diary of Krystyna Wartanowicz 15.Persia 16.Joasia Born in Zambia 17.When it rained, the Ground Dried Quickly 18.Anna-a Podolan from Krasnica 19.Mieczek-Keys to the Mercedes tied with a Blue Ribbon Part 3: ANNEX 20.Jozef Wartanowicz: Fruit and wine Production of the Warm Podole 21.Edward Fonferko: Economic Conditions of Warm Podole from the Viewpoint of Interest of Town Intelligentsia Part 4: THE FATES OF POLISH FAMILIES: THE KRASICKIS 22.The War of 1939 23.In memoriam of Captain of the Polish Air Force Witold Krasicki 24.Janusz Krasicki - the Pilot and History friend 25.The Changes 26.The Memorable Flights of Glider Pilots Part 5:"LET OUR FATE BE A WARNING TO YOU": WANDA OSSOWSKA 27.The Little One from Neustadt-Glewe INDEXshow more

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