I have just ordered this new edition, in English from Amazon UK.
"SECOND WORLD WAR STORY - Poles in India 1942-1948"
This book is suitable for polish descendents of the original Polish
deportees to India, those interested in Polish history; students of the
Second World War.This Indian adventure is intrinsically linked to World War
II:after the deportations to the Soviet Union a group of Poles found safe
refuge in India, where they would stay until the end of the War, hoping to
return to their own country. Unfortunately the Yalta Agreements made that
impossible. Very few people went back to Communist Poland; the great
majority scattering throughout the Western World. But the bonds of
friendships formed in India survived and they occasionally had reunions in
different parts of the world until they formally organised ourselves into
the Association of Poles in India 1942-1948.As children or teenagers, more
than half a century ago, they did not realise just how unique was their stay
As mature adults they decided to research the archives, camp chronicles and
their own diaries, to preserve that small, but unique part of the history of
the Polish Refugee Odyssey during and after the War. It was only after the
majority of the authors of this collective work reached retirement age that
they found time for research and writing. To their advantage was the fact
that many documents, previously inadmissible in Poland and only available
after a fifty-year gap in England, now became accessible. This book often
quotes the original documents in order to better convey the spirit of those
days and maybe help future researchers, enlivening the text with personal
reminiscences and entries from their youthful diaries.
The first Polish edition of this book sold out among the people whose story
it told, the second found its way to many universities and libraries in
Poland, as research of the deportations to Russia had until recently been
forbidden, and all the material found in the London Public Record Office,
British Library, or the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, was new to
them. The English edition will be of interest to their children and
grandchildren for whom English became the first language, also their friends
in India, and hopefully all students of the period of the Second World War.
As it is a collective work, the book retains the individual style of
different authors so the English may seem rather unconventional.
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Polish citizens' struggles in the Eastern Borderlands and in Exile during
World War 2."
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