Paperback / softback
January 7, 2019
9781772123739
English
328
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1.05 Pounds (US)
$29.99 USD, £23.50 GBP
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Polish War Veterans in Alberta

The Last Four Stories

In the aftermath of World War II, more than 4,500 Polish veterans, displaced by war and the Soviet-oriented Polish government, were resettled in Canada as farm workers; 750 of these men were accepted by the province of Alberta. Polish War Veterans in Alberta examines how these former soldiers came to experience their new country and its sometimes-harsh postwar realities. This compelling work of social history is brought to life through the words and stories of four veterans, whose remembrances provide an intimate first-hand look at a moment of Canada's past that is at risk of being forgotten.

About the Author

Aldona Jaworska was born and raised in Poland and came to Canada as a refugee in 1990. She lives and studies in Calgary.

Reviews

"At war's end some 250,000 Polish veterans were stranded in Europe. Returning home was a ticket to the Soviet Gulag.... Author Jaworska is a passionate writer. Her interviews with survivors are compelling. Polish War Veterans In Alberta has a melancholy quality...with a very human ending." Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter, April 13, 2019 [Full review at https://www.blacklocks.ca/book-review-men-without-a-country/]

Endorsements

"Jaworska creates a social history that weaves together personal testimony, recollections, and other archival materials to tell the story of how Polish veterans experienced settlement and a new life in Canada."—Patryk Polec, University of Ottawa

"Joining the microscopic to the macroscopic, Jaworska presents and interprets the stories of four veterans who fought alongside Canadians but, in the country of their settlement, were treated very differently than the veterans of the Canadian armed forces. Listening to their stories is a lesson in the history of the province and of the country."—Professor Bozena Karwowska, Chair of Modern European Studies, University of British Columbia

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328 Pages
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