I was interested in this addendum to the list: I keep remembering the quote
from Winston Churchill in the late 1940s - 'History will be kind to me
because I intend to write it.'
In the postwar Poland, enslaved by the communist thugs, artistic and
intellectual creativity became regulated by their ideological needs,
standards, and vagaries.
The output was shockingly 'impressive' - not necessarily because of any
regime's particular attractiveness or because of an overwhelming, deadly
terror (which, in fact, was overwhelming and deadly). It was a reflection of
the fact that among Polish intellectuals of that era there was no shortage
of plain, spineless volunteer scoundrels, rushing to the new masters with an
offer of their talents (quite often imagined) and services.
Literature and film in the field of artistic expression, and historiography
in the field of humanities were, where this phenomenon was most prevalent,
most visible, and most hideous. It involved the whole spectrum of 'artists'
- from now forgotten scribblers to now revered Nobel- and other politically
motivated prize winners.
'Titans', like Milosz (People's Poland cultural attache in the West, and a
spineless floater), Szymborska (Stalin's vocal admirer, who never even
bothered to say "sorry" for her 'poetic' past), Wajda (... I was young, I
wanted to work ... - as he justified his collaboration with the communist
regime at the time, when others of his age were being tortured and murdered
by the very same regime), and other characters.
Obviously, publications dealing with historical events, such as the Soviet
deportations of Polish nationals during World War II, were also bent to the
guidelines of the communist ideology and today, as the not so distant past
seems to slowly lose some of its murderous edges and witnesses disappear,
they have to be approached with particular caution.
Sadly enough, however, in the bibliography of this particular subject the
laurels for the Most Hideous Manipulation of the Truth belong to a
publication from abroad - Witold Majewski's (ps.) POLISH CHILDREN SUFFER,
published in Great Britain in 1944 under the auspices of Helena Sikorska,
Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski's widow.
On thirty three pages, the author describes the martyrdom of Polish children
during the Second World War, and illustrates their suffering with moving or,
quite often, gruesome photographs.
What is wrong with this publication then?
....to be continued...
And frustrated at the 'to be continued'. Do you know whether it has been
continued and where?
Many thanks -
On Behalf Of wroblew705
Sent: Sunday, 5 September 2010 6:56 p.m.
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Looking for Polish WWII bibliography(ies)
Hello Andy try this online bibliography at:
It's quite extensive.
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<mailto:Kresy-Siberia%40yahoogroups.com> , Andy Golebiowski
> Hi all,
> In preparation for hosting the Katyn Forest Massacre exhibit put together
by the "Rada Pamieci..." in our Central Library in Buffalo, I've offered to
provide the library with a list of books they can pull from their collection
for a special display adjacent to the exhibit. (I'd also like to talk them
into buying some books they may not have in their collection.)
> I've copied the bibliography from "Kresy-Siberia" and am looking for more.
Perhaps one of you has put together a similar list of books.
> I'm looking for books on both occupations, the Nazi as well as the Soviet.
> Thanks in advance,
> Andy GolebiowskiBuffalo, N.Y.U.S.A.
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