In this episode you will hear my interview with Sabina Baral, who wrote an extremely successful book in Polish “Zapiski z wygnania” (Notes from Exile). The book talks about her family’s experience of being made to leave Poland in March 1968, as a result of the ruling communist party’s anti-Semitic purge. About 20,000 Jews were forced to leave the country between 1968 and 1972. Only between 5,000 and 10,000 Jews were left in Poland. Those forced to leave were made stateless and were subjected to humiliating exit procedures.
Sabina left Poland with her parents, parting with her Polish boyfriend. This was the end of her life in the country where her family had lived for generations. And a new beginning.
She settled in the United States, in California, where she has lived a highly successful professional and personal life.
The book, which Sabina has recently translated into English, has proved to be incredibly successful – beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
ABOUT MARCH 1968
About Sabina Baral in Polish:
Czy wy o takich rzeczach wiecie? – o Sabinie Baral i jej losach i wywiad z nią
Moc “Zapisków z wygnania”– o spotkaniu z Sabiną Baral w Toronto
Drugie życie “Zapisków z wygnania” – wywiad z Sabiną Baral po jej spotkaniach z czytelnikami w Polsce
HOW TO BUY THE BOOK:
This is how it all started – their class reunion in Wroclaw, 2010:
Some of the special meetings with Sabina: