- Hardcover: 263 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786400013
- ISBN-13: 978-0786400010
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,573,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vengeance of the Swallows: Memoir of a Polish Family's Ordeal Under Soviet Aggression, Ukrainian Ethnic Cleansing and Nazi Enslavement, and Their Emigration to America First Edition Edition
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The author was born in the village of Ryswlanka, in what was then eastern Poland, on February 10, 1940, five months after Germany and Russia invaded Poland at the start of World War II--and on the day that the summary executions and mass deportations to Siberia began. Soon the family was split and its members deported to various forced-labor camps, where they were subjected to malnutrition, epidemics, and Allied bombs. Piotrowski writes of the reign of terror foisted on the civilian population of Poland's eastern territories by the Ukrainian nationalists, who had close ties with the Nazis. The family managed to survive, Piotrowski's three sisters were repatriated, and the rest of the family (the author, his parents, and his two brothers) emigrated to the U.S. after spending five years in displaced persons camps in West Germany. Piotrowski's eloquent memoir explores the fate of the non-Semitic population of Europe during the war, complementing the memoirs and history dealing with the Jews during the Holocaust. George Cohen
"Piotrowski's eloquent memoir explores the fate of the non-Semitic population of Europe" -- Booklist/RBB
"a truly fascinating book...uncommonly readable and rich in scholarly documentation" -- Polish Heritage
"among the most eloquent and best documented memoirs" -- The Samaritan Review
"blends a scrupulous narrative...with the experiences of a Polish family...a greater impact on the informed reader than more detached studies" -- Choice
"remarkable" -- Zgoda
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At times I found myself in shock. At times, horrified. Yet, I also found myself rejoicing as they made their way to a new life in the United States.
It's part of the Second World War that seems to be missed or forgotten, yet a part that should not be forgotten, and it must be told. Those people experienced horror unimaginable, and unthinkable. At times, almost unbelievable. This is a must have for anyone who wants to know more of what happened in the occupied territories of Poland.