Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2003 9:57 AM
Subject: MA research
Good morning Helena!
I am delighted to see you are doing research
that I feel to be crucial! I, too, am a child of Sybirak. My father
was deported in 1940. My mother was born in Bradford. They met in
Canada in 1958.
In my MA research I asked a few questions
related to your inquiry. My thesis is titled "The Power of Polonia. Post-WWII
Polish immigrants to Canada: Survivors of Deportation & Exile in
Soviet Labour Camps" (Trent University,
Peterborough, ON, 2001). The chapter "Be(Com)ing Canadian" might be of
particular interest to your work. You ought to be able to access it
through inter-library loan.
I welcome your invitation to discuss for your
research my "experiences and feelings" as a child of Sybiraki. I conducted
my research BECAUSE I am a child. BECAUSE I wanted to document the stories
before "the moment of remembrance" was lost. The research included an
interview component. 38 men and women were interviewed. I have
also begun to write a collection of poems, some already published, based on the
interviews as well as wrote a short story, "Once Upon A War Time" published in
Canadian Woman Studies
journal, Vol. 19, No. 4, Winter 2000 (York University, Toronto). The issue
was devoted to the theme "Women in Conflict Zones".
Have you produced a questionnaire? Please
"count me in" for your research. You can imagine I find certain
coincidences exciting; esp. that you are studying at my mother's birth place,
Bradford (indeed, I visited there and walked through the university grounds just
a couple of years ago).
And, if you ever organize a conference around the
theme of your research, I'd be delighted to come and share my
Cheers, Helen Bajorek