Personal Memoirs/Websites                     

Kresy-Siberia Group  Dedicated to researching, remembering and recognising the Polish citizens deported, enslaved and killed by the Soviet Union during World War Two.
A Forgotten Odyssey Documentary film of Poles deported to the USSR.
Burning Questions Award-winning documentary of a father and daughter's trip from the USA to Poland to explore his WWII memories. Shown on PBS.
Escaping Hell The Story of a Polish Underground Officer in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
A Katyn and World War Two Diary A Polish officer's account from the blitzkrieg to VE-Day.
Kolyma: The Land of Gold and Death   A Polish survivor's account of the most feared outpost of the Soviet Gulag.
Pahiatua Children   The Story of 733 Polish Orphans who survived deportation to the USSR, and found a haven in New Zealand.
Rescued From Death in Siberia    Documentary film of Poles deported to Siberia - Order online.
Shallow Graves in Siberia   A WWII journey from Poland to Afghanistan through the horrors of Stalin's Russia. One of the great escape stories of the war.

Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia

Excerpts from Book - Order online.

Kresy - Wolyn - Krzemieniec                  

Eastern Borderlands of the II Polish Republic:   History, records, research.

Krzemieniec Lyceum/High School, Wolyn Athens/Ateny Wolynskie
Documentary film of the famous school and the city (in Polish).

Krzemieniec in Photos    A portrait of the city in the interwar period.

Krzemieniec/Kremenets - JewishGen ShtetLinks   History, records, research.

Stalin's Ethnic Cleansing in Eastern Poland:    The book and website.

Poland and Poles in World War Two                

Forgotten Holocaust
  The Holocaust's Non-Jewish Victims.

For Your Freedom and Ours: Poland's Contribution in WW II

Katyn Forest Massacre: Polish Death at Soviet Hands

Katyn Families

Polish History and Army on the Web

The Polish Soldier   Dedicated to the Polish Army in the East and those who fought for the Allies in Italy.

Second Corps - 3rd Carpathian Division

world war A comprehensive chronology (with an excellent section on September '39)

Research, Education, Investigations and Museums   

Addresses for Archives in Western Ukraine and South-Eastern Poland

The Artificial Famine/Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School   Nazi-Soviet Relations 1939-1941.

Forced Labor Camps (of the Gulag)    On-line Exhibition from the Open Society Archives.

Hoover Archives   Polish testimony from Soviet Occupation & deportations 1939-1941.

Holocaust Memorial Museum

Info Poland   Clearinghouse of information about Poland, Polish Universities,
Polish Studies etc. Includes Resource for America's teachers and students.

The Gulag Collection   Paintings by Nikolai Getman.

The Karta Center Foundation    An independent organization documenting
and promoting the history of Poland and Eastern Europe in the 20th-century.
A Dead Man's Bread Ration by Nikolai Getman
Miedzy Nami   Polish-Canadian magazine with related material (English/Polish)
Museum of Communism   On-line "virtual" museum whose purpose is to do for Communism what the Holocaust Memorial Museum does for Nazism.

Stalin-Era Research and Archives Project    Seeks to reinterpert the USSR under Stalin through newly declassified archival material. At the University of Toronto.

Wartime Losses    Catalogue of Polish Art Stolen by Nazi Germany & the USSR.

Veteran's and Survivor's Organizations           

The Association of Poles Deported to Siberia - Lodz Poland
  Dedicated to maintaining memory and providing information, including people searches.

Committee For Aid to Turkmenistani Poles    Seeks to repatriate Poles and their families who were deported to Turkmenistan, and to aid those living there.

Jewish Military Casualties in the Polish Armies in World War II

Canadian Polish Congress

Polish Combatant's Association in Canada

Polish Home Army Ex-Servicemens' Association - Montreal Branch

Polish Victims of World War Two: Claims and Testimony

War Records of Polish Army Fighting alongside Allies
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Poland/Polska

Katyn Families

Polish Embassy, Britain

Polish Embassy, Canada

Polish Embassy, United States

Polish Genealogy Links  
Dedicated to Polish Heritage Everywhere!

Polish Research  
Sites to Assist You in Your Polish Research.

Recommended Reading

Poland - General History                         
Davies, Norman. Europe: A History. London: Pimlico Random House, 1997

Davies, Norman.
God's Playground: A History of Poland. 2 vols.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1982

Michener, James A.
Poland. New York: Random House, 1983 (novel)

Zamoyski, Adam.
The Polish Way: A Thousand-Year History of the Poles and Their Culture. London: John Murray Publishers, 1987
Polish Forces in World War Two                   

Brodniewicz-Stadnicki, Margaret. For Your Freedom and Ours: The Polish Armed Forces in the Second World War. St.Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing Ltd. 1999

Ellis, John.
Cassino - The Hollow Vistory. London: Andre Deutsch Ltd.1984
Hempel, Andrew. Poland in World War II: An Illustrated Military History. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2,000.

Kuniczak, W.S.
The Thousand Hour Day. New York: The Dial Press, 1966 (novel)
Paul. Allen. Katyn: The Untold Story of Stalin's Polish Massacre. New York: Charle's Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991

Zaloga, Steven and Victor Madej.
The Polish Campaign, 1939. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1991

Zamoyski, Adam.
The Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in the Second World War. London: John Murray, 1995

Poland Under Nazi Occupation                     

Lifton, Betty Jean. The King of Children: A Biography of Janusz Korczak. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 1988

Lukas, Richard C. Did the Children Cry? Hitler's War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-45. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1994
Lukas, Richard C. Did the Children Cry? Hitler's War Against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-45. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1994

__The Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation, 1939-1944. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997.  Reflections by Ewa M. Thompson

Out of the Inferno: Poles Remember the Holocaust. Lexington, KY:
University Press of Kentucky, 1989.

Piotrowski, Tadeusz.
Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 1998.


Poland Under Nazi Occupation - Memoirs          

Karski, Jan. Story of a Secret State. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1944

Kulski, Julian Eugeniusz.
Dying, We Live - The Personal Chronicle of a Young Freedom Fighter, 1939-1945. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1979
Piekarski, Kon. Escaping Hell: The Story of a Polish Underground Officer in
Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1989
Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Vengeance of the Swallows: Memoirs of a Polish Family's Ordeal under Soviet Aggression, Ukrainian Ethnic Cleansing and Nazi Enslavement, and Their Emigration to America. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995

Wituska, Irena.
I am First a Human Being: The Prison Letters of Krystyna Wituska. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1997
Communism and the USSR                          

Conquest, Robert. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986

Courtois, Stephane et al.,eds.
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. Harvard University Press, 1999

Shifrin, Avraham.
The First Guidebook to Prisons and Concentration Camps of the Soviet Union. New York: Bantam Books, 1982

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander I. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in
Literary Investigation
. New York: Harper and Row, 1973

Poland Under Soviet Occupation                  

Gross, Jan T. Revolution From Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western
Ukraine and Western Belorussia
. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988

Malcher, George. Blank Pages: Soviet Genocide against the Polish People. Surrey, England: Pyrford Press. 

Pinchuk, Ben-Cion. Shtetel Jews under Soviet Rule: Eastern Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1991

Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 1998

Sword, Keith.
Deportation and Exile: Poles in the Soviet Union, 1939-48. London: St. Martin's Press, 1994

Sword, Keith, ed.
The Soviet Takeover of the Polish Eastern Provinces, 1939-1941. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991

Poland Under Soviet Occupation/Deportaions - Memoirs

Beaupre-Stankiewicz, Irena, Danuta Waszczuk-Kamieniecka, and Jadwiga Lewick-Howells, eds. 3rd ed. Isfahan: City of Polish Children. Hove, Sussex UK: Association of Former Pupils of Polish Schools, Isfahan and Lebanon. 1989

Fremont, Helen. After Long Silence: A Memoir. New York: Delacorte Press, 1999

Hergt, Klaus. Exiled to Siberia: A Polish Child's WWII Journey.
Cheboygan, Michigan: Crescent Lake Publishing, 2000

Herling, Gustav.
A World Apart: Imprisonment in a Soviet Labour Camp
During World War Two.
Oxford University Press, 1987

Kojder, Apolonja Maria, and Barbara Glogowska.
Marynia, Don't Cry: Memoir of Two Polish-Canadian Families. Toronto: Muliticultural History Society of Ontario. 1995

Krolikowski, Lucjan.
Stolen Childhood: A Saga of Polish War Children.
Buffalo, NY: Father Justin Rosary Hour, 1983

Oancia, Sandra, Remember: Helen's Story. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd, 1997

Skwarko, Krystyna.
The Invited: The Story of 733 Polish Children who grew up in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Millwood, 1974

Slowes, Salomon.
The Road to Katyn: A Soldier's Story. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1992

Topolski, Aleksander.
Without Vodka: Wartime Adventures in Russia. Ottawa: UP Press, 1999


Poles and Jews                                    

Davies, Norman, and Antony Polonsky, eds. Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-46. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991

Karafilly, Irena Friedman. Ashes and Miracles: A Polish Journey. Toronto:
Malcolm Lester Books, 1998

Lukas, Richard C.
Out of the Inferno: Poles Remember the Holocaust.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1989.

Paul, Mark. Neighbours - On the Eve of the Holocaust: The Polish Minority and Jewish Collaboration in Soviet-Occupied Eastern Poland, 1939-1941. Toronto: PEFINA Press, 2001

Pogonowski, Iwo Cyprian,
Jews in Poland: A Documentary History. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1993

Piotrowski, Tadeusz. Poland's Holocaust: Ethnic Strife, Collaboration with Occupying Forces and Genocide in the Second Republic, 1918-1947. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 1998

Sack, John. An Eye for an Eye. New York: BasicBooks, 1993, 1995

Tomaszewski, Irene and Tecia Werbowski. Zegota: The Rescue of Jews in Wartime Poland. Montreal: Price-Patterson, 1994

Kielce - July 4, 1946: Background, Context and Events
, a Collective Work. Toronto and Chicago: Polish Educational Foundation in North America, 1996

The Story of Two Shtetels - Bransk and Ejszyszki, an Overview of Polish-Jewish Relations in Northeastern Poland during World War Two, a Collective Work. Toronto and Chicago: Polish Educational Foundation in North America, 1998   A review of Yaffa Eliach based on this book               A Gulag and Holocaust Memoir                Poland's Class of 1936

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