The Polish Deportees of World War
II Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the
World Edited by Tadeusz Piotrowski
ISBN 0-7864-1847-8 notes,
bibliography, index 256pp. illustrated case binding (7 x 10)
$45 Available for immediate
Description Among the great tragedies that befell Poland
during World War II was the forced deportation of its citizens by the Soviet
Union during the first Soviet occupation of that country between 1939 and
This is the story of that brutal Soviet ethnic cleansing campaign
told in the words of some of the survivors. It is an unforgettable human
drama of excruciating martyrdom in the Gulag. For example, one witness reports:
"A young woman who had given birth on the train threw herself and her newborn
under the wheels of an approaching train." Survivors also tell the story of
events after the "amnesty." "Our suffering is simply indescribable. We have
spent weeks now sleeping in lice-infested dirty rags in train stations,"
wrote the Milewski family. Details are also given on the non-European
countries that extended a helping hand to the exiles in their hour of
About the Author Tadeusz Piotrowski is a professor of sociology
and the associate dean of faculty at the University of New Hampshire
at Manchester and also the author of The Indian Heritage of New Hampshire and
Northern New England (2002), Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn (2000), Poland's
Holocaust (1998) and Vengeance of the Swallows (1995). He lives in Manchester,
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