At the start of the Second World War, Poland was invaded by both the German and the Soviet armies. The country was unable to withstand the assaults and thousands of Polish soldiers and civilians were shipped to labour camps and prisons, where starvation, disease, and mistreatment were their daily expectations. After the war, Canada accepted over 4000 Polish immigrant soldiers and their families who did not want to return to a communist regime in their country. This book is a moving oral history of the experiences of forty-five individuals during that transition period between the outbreak of war and their eventual relocation in Canada. To read these memoirs is to understand how the inhumanity of war is confronted and defied by the indomitable human spirit.Journeys from Wartorn Poland to the Canadian Prairies Kazimierz Patalas Zbigniew Izydorczyk ... We paid him with clothing, for money had no value. Then I organized an underground cell and established contact with others in Lwow; they sent me more people to take across the border. ... But before I had a chance to make the arrangements, one evening I found Nkvd [state security police] officers waitinganbsp;...
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