This story is featured in Episode 46
A lot of Poland’s history is virtually unknown to others. Still too few people know about the fate of over a million Poles deported in cattle trains to Soviet gulag where they were forced to do slave work in inhumane conditions and thousands of them perished. We talked about it in some of our POLcast interviews:
But what do Poles have to do with Iran, India and Africa – when and how did they find themselves there?
POLcast talks about this with a person who went through this experience – Irene Tomaszewski from Ottawa, whom POLcast listeners know from our previous conversation about Cosmopolitan Review (CR) online magazine in Episode 6. Irene Tomaszewski is a writer and editor of CR. She is the co-author, with Tecia Werbowski, of “Codename Żegota: The Most Dangerous Conspiracy in Occupied Europe,” published by Praeger in 2010, and translator /editor of “Inside a Gestapo Prison: The Letters of Krystyna Wituska” published by Wayne State University Press in 2005.
Here is a photos sent by Irene Tomaszewski – the caption is also hers:
Cosmopolitan Review featured a number of Irene Tomaszewski’s articles about this chapter in Poland’s history:
In our next episode 47, we will continue this fascinating story to learn about Irene Tomaszewski’s childhood and the lives of thousands of other Polish children in Africa.
February 1940: Exile, Odyssey, Redemption – this roundup of CR pieces tells the deportation saga: from the endless journeys and the camps and then, for some, escape – and the most extraordinary odyssey of WWII.