A gritty memoir of a Polish prisoner of war told by his daughter. Nineteen year old Vadek is in his first year at university when Hitler’s troops invade Poland on 1 September 1939. Two weeks later he is enough route to a Siberian labor camp. We follow Vadek’s life for the next six years as he fights for his homeland, ultimately surviving only to learn that Poland is being handed over to Russia as a spoil of war. He accepts relocation to Great Britain and the rest is history.
Being of Polish descent, I read with interest about the good times of Polish life prior to WWII and the reversal of fate as the country lived under occupation. Brilliant description places the reader alongside Vadek as he sees his friends and family make the ultimate sacrifice. A tightly woven accounting based on a survivor’s memories. Immensely impractical; a must read for historians and those of Polish ancestry.
Rating: 5 stars