- Paperback: 347 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; First Edition edition (February 9, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595168639
- ISBN-13: 978-0595168637
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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About the Author
Born in 1919, Lucjan Krolikowski survived a Siberian concentration camp, was ordained a Catholic priest in 1946, and led a band of 146 orphaned war children from a refugee camp in Africa on an adventure to find a new home in Canada. Father Lucjan lives and works in Chicopee, MA.
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Although this book was written many years ago it helps to keep us focused on the fact that the Jews were not the only ones trampled on during the war at the hands of Hitler; the Poles were trampled on at the hands of the Allies.
The photos of them in this book were painstakingly difficult for me, but was an enormous "freedom operation" for them. A must read for everyone!
For a time, many of the freed Poles toiled in the cotton fields of "Soviet Louisiana". (p. 40). Krolikowski believes that the places the freed Poles were sent to were a matter of continued deliberate murderous Soviet policy: "At that time, none of the Poles knew that all of Turkestan had been for years a center of the most dangerous infectious diseases in the Soviet Union, or that from time to time there were epidemics of typhoid, `enteric fever', dysentery, and malaria." (p. 43). In Anders' Army alone, over 47,000 soldiers died between February and summer 1942. (p. 48).
The Shah of Iran was described as friendly to the Poles crossing his territory. (p. 71). Of the many nations discussed that accepted the Polish refugees (including India, New Zealand, Palestine, Mexico, etc.), Krolikowski emphasizes Nairobi (my own Gulag-refugee mother, aunt, and grandmother were there). The Felician nuns played a major role in aiding the refugees. The priests were very ardent in maintaining the spiritual and moral tenor of their parishioners. (pp. 135-140). They compared parishioners' spiritual apathy to that of the Israelites following their deliverance by God from captivity. Some priests burst into salacious places of entertainment to shame the participants. One priest even threatened to leave the parish if many more people did not come to Confession.
The refugee children were not easy to teach. Soviet workers, having no incentive to work hard or even to respect state property, had been a bad influence on the freed children. (p. 60). In addition, the children had a persistent distrust of authority because of their experiences. (p. 115). Still, many Poles learned about their surroundings, and some even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. (p. 161).
Krolikowski reflects on the European presence in Africa: "Increasing nationalism and anti-colonialism make it easy to accuse the colonial powers of exploitation. Of course, the slave trading, banditry, and robbery of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries covered the white race with incredible shame. But the greatest enemies of the black people were the Arabs and the tribal chiefs themselves, who rounded up the prospects, killed off those unfit for sale, and tied the rest to one long chain for the length march to the coast and the ships of white slave-traders...Some good has come...the natives became more educated and now are able to occupy positions in all branches of cultural and economic life." (p. 172).
The Soviet annexation of eastern Poland, and the Communist puppet state imposed on the rest, meant essentially no postwar Poland for the refugees to return to. Ironically, Communists demanded their return, all in the name of homecoming or family reunion, conveniently forgetting why they were not in Poland and why they were separated from loved ones. (p. 199, 231). One of the places of permanent domicile was Canada, where many of the refugees eventually rose to high positions. Karol Wojtyla, the later Pope John Paul II, visited them in 1969. (p. 264).