You're very welcome for the kind words. Your Polish Generation deserves it.
I thought my life is/was tough, but it pales in comparison to what you and
your generation had to deal with.
I had three uncles that managed to escape the frozen death grip of Siberia
and fight at Monte Casino. I am saddened that when I was younger I did not
take more interest in their pain.
The betrayal by the allies was the last nail in the coffin.
After the war one of them decided not to return to Russian invaded Poland
and be potentially shipped off to Siberia gain. What a thought eh?
Another returned because he found out his wife was allowed to go back to
Poland in 1946.
The 3'rd one , my mother's fiancé never had a choice to make. He was killed
at the "monestary".
I think that this war was very well thought out and planed to destroy/erase
Poland off the map. Kill them in the concentration camps and in Siberia.
And anyone who is left will be so psychologically damaged that they will be
scared and damaged for many generations. To the point of suicides even
Yes time heals everything like you say. But, it heals it very, very,
extremely slowly. I feel that we should not let it heal to that point that
it "numbs" our brains and we let it happen again to us. We can try to
forcibly push it to the very depths of our minds. You/we must heal to get
on with life, be happy, etc. but I don't believe in total "blind healing".
Otherwise, what will we have learned from all that pain, and 8,000,000
Sent: October 29, 2004 7:00 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Polish flag on Monte Cassino
Thank you for your letter and your kind words. The honor of capturing the
Monastery should really go to the 1-st brigade of the 3-rd Carpathian
Division. They were the first to go in assault on the Hill 593 where the
fiercest battle took place, and they suffered the highest losses. I don't
remember which one was it but from one company 8 came down back. Yes, this
was our chance to take revenge for all that Germans did to our nation. But
the worst came later, when we found out about the bertayal, that we did not
have the coutry to go to, that all our sacrifices and blood was for nothing.
People did not know what to do; some wanted to go to a neutral country
(Turkey) and surrender our arms there. Some wanted to establish a Polish
colony in some country (there were talks about Madagascar). There were many
suicides...Those were terrible days. But they say that time heals everything
- maybe it's true.