En réponse à Stefan Wisniowski <swisniowski@...
Yes Stefan, of course you are right about the numbers of actual deported being
smaller than 1.7 million. I don't in fact know where this number comes from --
the exile government had it's own sources. I guess the problem is that we
will never know the' exact numbers -- there will never be access to records,
and I don't know whether the Soviet government was as accurate in its record
keeping as it could have been. After all, they grabbed whole families, with
people dying on the way -- how would their numbers have been counted?
Perhaps the most accurate numbers would be of those who managed to leave after
the "amnesty", but of course that doesn't include all those who had to stay
I am also a bit doubtful about numbers of the current Polish government.
Archives were certainly lost during the war and subsequent border movements.
Was everyone deported considered to be a Polish citizen if they were taken
from disputed areas?
> Hi Barbara
> On the numbers, I am not trying to make them smaller than they were. I
> simply trying to say that if 1.7 million Polish citizens were "held
> by the Soviet Union - including prisoners of war, arrested, resettled
> internally and deported -the number that were "deported" has to be
> than that. Have I got that right?
> Won't using big numbers in an incorrect way lead to credibility
> down the road? The debates with the much smaller "official" figures
> the IPN (Polish Institute of National Remembrance) are already an
> example of
> Can anybody remind us of the sources of the 1.7 million number (I
> believe it
> was the Polish Government-in-Exile) and any breakdown of that number?
> would be good if this group had a definitive story to tell on the
> Stefan Wisniowski
> ...As for quoting a number, the 1.7 million is the number I have
> heard, so it sounds good to me. I feel that an exact number like that
> much more foreceful that a vague "about a million". Big numbers will
> in the mind -- I bet everybody knows the 6 million dead of the
> Holocaust. A
> vague, and therefore easily contestable figure, would not have the