Good Morning Martin, Thank you so much for letting us know about your book of poems. I have just ordered one and it will a part of my Christmas gifts to myMessage 1 of 5 , Dec 3 1:44 AMView SourceGood Morning Martin,Thank you so much for letting us know about your book of poems. I have just ordered one and it will a part of my Christmas gifts to my cousin, whom I recently found, in Poland. It is wonderful that on each page the poems are in both English and Polish.I hope that your first Christmas without your dear Mum and Dad will be one where you gain strength from the memories of the love you all shared. Christmas can be a difficult time and I hope yours will pass with celebration of the lives they both lived with you all.Warmest wishes,Barbara Dunleavy
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Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Neal Ascherson review of my book on family in Siberia
HiMuch to my astonishment I got the email below from Neal Ascherson regarding the book of poems about my father in Siberia, whose publication has twice been postponed because of Dad then Mum’s recent deaths.
Neal Ascherson, some of you will know, is one of the really great historians of modern Europe, including Spain, Scotland and Poland. He presented the Channel 4 series The Struggles for Poland in the 1980s and was a contributor to the classic BBC series The World at War.The book is now finally ready to print and publish, and you can now get it from the publisher www.ettadunn.com at a special offer price. I added an In Memorium for Dad then for Mum at the end of the book so I hope it is part of our family's collective way of remembering and paying tribute to their lives and our heritage.If you think any of your friends might be interested in the book please forward this to them, especially if they knew Mum or Dad.LoveMartinMartin Stepek has written this astonishing poem which is at once a monument, a meditation, a prayer and an epic. It is a memorial or monument, in the first place, to the fate of his Polish family in the 1940s, a fate they shared with hundreds of thousands of Polish civilians deported to the Gulag or the Asian wastes by the Soviet invaders in 1940. It is a meditation on life and death; his grandfather died as a Resistance fighter against the Nazis, while his grandmother survived her escape from the Soviet Union by only a few months. Their children survived the war and settled in Scotland; they used to the full the chance of a long life in a peaceful country, , but now they in turn are approaching their end. Martin's father Jan, a leading figure in Scotland's Polish community, died almost as this book was going to press. The memory of what they experienced and survived must not disappear with that generation.The poem is a prayer, not only for Poland ('that most beguiling of emotional projections') but for all peoples and places in all times which have known displacement and suffering:the Clearances or the agony of Darfur. And it is an epic, the tale of one of history's great wanderings. Deported into Soviet slavery, the surviving Polish families were released a year later and set off - often on foot - to seek the free Polish army being set up in central Asia. Starving and sick, those who reached their compatriots were near to death. Finally, they were crammed onto rusty steamers and taken across the Caspian to Iran, where British and Persian doctors and nurses awaited them. Restored to health, the men went on to fight in North Africa and Italy, but most of the women and children were scattered across the world to await the end of the war.Unlike other epics, this pilgrimage did not end in triumph. The Trojans in the Aeneid reached a new land and founded an empire: Odysseus finally returned to find his home intact and his wife waiting for him. But the Poles had lost their country. The Stepeks' home was now in another state, Soviet Ukraine. For others who did not come from the eastern borderlands, a Communist Poland under Soviet domination no longer felt like the nation they had fought for.Tender and impassioned - and sensitively translated into Polish on the facing pages by Kasia Kokowska - this book should be on every table where Poland is discussed, and the brave dead are remembered.