I would like to recommend the following books I have recently
purchased, especially for those searching for facts, figures relating
to our collective pasts.
WHITE EAGLE, RED STAR (ISBN 0 7126 0694 7) NORMAN DAVIES
A much easier read than I have found other works by Davies. He covers
in great detail all of the key events before, during and after the
Polish-Russian War of 1919/20.
A great number of our families settled in Eastern Poland as a result of
this conflict. All of the participating units are described and like
me, if you know what regiment your relatives fought in, you may
discover an awful lot concerning their whereabouts during this period.
THE FATE OF POLES IN THE USSR 1939-1989 (ISBN 0 901342 24 6) TOMASZ
I have read and studied Polish history widely, but this book quite
simply gives the most detail I have ever encountered on this subject.
We have often discussed numbers on this site, precise detailed figures
are given for the following...
1) Deportations between 1937 & 1947 (Neither date is an error). The
author mentions pre-war deportations of Polish people living east of
the 1939 borders and also details the arrest and deportation of Home
Army soldiers up to 1947.
2) The number of Poles repatriated between 1945 & 1955.
3) Ditto regarding the number of Poles remaining in Russia and
elsewhere in the Soviet Bloc right up to 1989, including data from
various Russian census's in the 1950's, 60's & 70's.
Quite simply if you want read a study regarding how many people were
sent where, how many died, how many survived, how many escaped, how
many were left imprisioned, this is the book for you.
BITTER GLORY - POLAND & ITS FATE 1918-1939 (ISBN 0 7818 0673 9)
RICHARD M WATT
A 500 page account covering the above period. Pro-polish but very
balanced and makes clear that the Poland between the Wars was not
always an idylic place and often was a society troubled by unrest and
strife between the left and right poltical parties of the time.
A very realistic and easy read.