WRITING FROM ISRAEL
This is a part of the story, comparatively neglected by historians and publishers till the recent events in Russia and the availability of KGB files - of thousands of families deported by the Russians from former Eastern Poland in 1940. I was eleven years old when, following my father's arrest, the rest of my family was deported, and seventeen when we returned from Siberia after the war.
My father, a lawyer, owner of some property, and ex-Polish officer, was arrested by the Russians in 1939 and - this transpired only recently, when NKVD files became available - shot a few months later, together with 7-8,000 other civilian prisoners, in addition to the long-known execution of 15,000 Polish POW officers.
In spite of constant hunger, freezing winters, my father's absence, and the handicap of being skinny and Jewish, there was also fishing, trapping small animals and birds, skiing, friends, high school, Russian literature and songs, first loves, the scares of venereal disease and pregnancy, and even a few parachute jumps from a small two-seater biplane at the local aeroclub. (You had to get out on the wing to jump.)
Table of Contents
INDEED, SUCH A PITY THE SUMMER IS OVER
ON THE WAY
POLAND WILL NOT PERISH
WORSE THAN HUNGER AND LICE
BLADE AND BULLET
ORDERS FROM ABOVE
YOUNG HEARTS IN THE SNOW
THE WAY BACK
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