The Unsettled Account; Huntingdon, Eugenia; ISBN 0-7278-2085-0
Wife of a Polish army officer who gets shipped to Khazakstan in 1940.
There's one interesting incident she relates that shows the ethnic
dislikes that existed at the time, contrary to the beliefs of some that
relations among the different groups were just peachy.
She describes taking a canoe trip with her husband down the Dniester in
the mid-30's and passing a Ukrainian village.
From pp 46
'While passing one of the villages we saw a little girl of six or seven
years old standing up to her knees in the water. When we drew level, she
recognised that we were Polish and started to swear and shake her fist at
us. There was so much hatred in her expression and voice that, even now,
I can still hear her terrible curses. That child's behaviour must have
reflected the adults' attitudes. I knew also, that after the arrival of
Soviet troops, even those peasants who until then appeared to be loyal and
devoted to their Polish masters, attacked and murdered them and burnt
The last sentence pretty much describes what happened to my SIL's