I seem to be going mad. I watched a film on Youtube about the Polish
exiles in the Soviet Union, and made some notes from it. Across the top
A Forgotten Odyssey - Tomasz Jablonowicz
But "A Forgotten Odyssey" is not on Youtube, and neither can I find any
film by Tomasz Jablonowicz.
There were interviews of survivors of Kazakhstan. I particularly
remember a woman who mentioned the train being stopped and floodlights
shining when they crossed the Volga. "So they are taking us to Siberia,
and still they are doing their publicity."
And there was a very handsome woman (perhaps the same one) who spoke of
being set down in the middle of the steppe.
"There was no station; it was in the middle of the steppe. They
put down some planks of wood and told us to get out.... I
remember Bolsheviks [mocking us], "Now get your things and run
into your Poland!" It was a barren steppe. We stood there. It was
becoming hot, and it was [only] the beginning of May. And there
was a terrible silence.... We lived in a mud hut. When it was
raining, we were wet. When it was frost, we were freezing. When
it snowed, sometimes we were completely buried, like in a grave,
and then our neighbors--people of good will--would dig us out.
There were times for three to four days we had nothing to eat,
because there was nothing to eat. When spring came, we stole
whatever we could. We collected animal bones in the steppe, but
there were few animals because people ate most of them."
I would love to quote this, but I can't because I don't know where it
came from! Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks - Dan