I have forwarded, for your interest, this June 1999 article translated by
Barbara - originally published in Poland's WPROST magazine. It is entitled
"THESE SLAVE LABOURERS FORGOTTEN BY HISTORY"
From: "b.davoust" <b.davoust@...
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 09:05:40 +0200
To: "Stefan Wisniowski" <swisniowski@...
Subject: Re: Bienvenu à Barbara Davoust
Thanks for your mail. I think your analysis of the reasons for sudden
interest seems accurate. I guess indeed the spread of the Internet makes it
possible to be in touch with people all over the place too, plus the
possibility of obtaining material which was not available before in the
archives of Poland and Russia. There was too, I think, great ignorance in
Poland about what had happened. Until someone was actually from the family
of someone who had been deported, there was nothing taught in school, or
even available in books. I have a book of photographs issued just after the
war of the Second Army Corps Women's group as established in the Middle
East. I showed it to a Polish woman (born and raised in post-war Poland)
and she was amazed -- had known nothing about it all.
I am enclosing a copy of the Wprost article. These days I am very busy --
am starting the translation of a book, plus trying to organize the trip to
the Baltics, where prices seem to be much higher than I had expected, and
since my Lonely planet guidebook was written in 2000. But I will
participate more in the Kresy group when I get back. Unfortunately I don't
have a scanner, so will have to figure out some other way of showing any
photographs of Wilno that turn out well. I was going to take just a little
camera that is light to carry around, but doesn't always give the best
results. Also, as far as I can tell, the weather is lousy there these days.
Thanks for writing so quickly,