Very lengthy article, held by the Australian Government recording the story of Polish Exile to Australia. The General Langfitt StoryMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 28, 2012View Source
Very lengthy article, held by the Australian Government recording the story of Polish Exile to Australia.
Map - Approximate routes of the Polish exiles. Out of that total, between 12 ... I found out that he was dead after I arrived in Australia. My brother sent me a book ...
Below excerpt from the article –
“The General Langfitt Story
Chapter 2 - Deportation
After the invasion of 17 September 1939, the Soviet Union proceeded to annex territory inhabited by almost 13 000 000 people and which constituted more than half of Poland's post 1918 territory (Królikowski, 1983, p.17). Around 5000 000 of these people were ethnic Poles, the rest were predominantly Ukrainians and Byelorussians. Many Poles, both at the time and even at the time of writing, saw this 'stab in the back' as 'the realisation of a coldly planned design, a natural expression of Russia's attitude to the existence of an independent Poland ever since the Russian state had been born' (Ascherson, 1987, p. 92). Events over the next few years justified the belief that Stalin hoped to 'obliterate the Polish nation both physically and culturally' (Ascherson, 1987, p. 94). “