When God looked the other way : an odyssey of war, exile, and redemption / Wesley Adamczyk ; foreword by Norman Davies.
Author: Adamczyk, Wesley, 1933-
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
ISBN: 0226004430 (alk. paper)
9780226004433 (alk. paper)
Description: xvi, 264 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subject: Adamczyk, Wesley, 1933-
World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, Polish.
World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Soviet.
World War, 1939-1945 Children Poland.
Prisoners of war Poland Biography.
Prisoners of war Kazakhstan Biography.
Polnischer Kriegsgefangener. swd
Contents: Poland -- We are enslaved -- The inhuman land -- Escape to freedom -- The bitter taste of freedom -- People without a country -- Journey's end -- The passage of time.
Summary: "Often overlooked in accounts of World War II is the Soviet Union's quiet yet brutal campaign against Polish citizens, a campaign that included, we now know, war crimes for which the Soviet and Russian governments have only recently admitted culpability. Standing in the shadow of the Holocaust, this episode of European history is often overlooked. Wesley Adamczyk's memoir, When God Looked the Other Way, now gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of victims of Soviet barbarism." "Adamczyk was a young boy when he was deported with his mother and siblings from their comfortable home in Poland to Soviet Siberia in May of 1940. His father, a Polish Army officer, was taken prisoner by the Red Army and eventually became one of the victims of the Katyn massacre, in which tens of thousands of Polish officers were slain at the hands of the Soviet secret police. The family's separation and deportation in 1940 marked the beginning of a ten-year odyssey in which the family endured fierce living conditions, meager food rations, chronic displacement, and rampant disease, first in the Soviet Union and then in Iran, where Adamczyk's mother succumbed to exhaustion after mounting a harrowing escape from the Soviets. Wandering from country to country and living in refugee camps and the homes of strangers, Adamczyk struggled to survive and maintain his dignity amid the horrors of war." "When God Looked the Other Way is a memoir of a boyhood lived in unspeakable circumstances, a book that not only illuminates one of the darkest periods of European history but also traces the loss of innocence and the fight against despair that took root in one young boy. It is also a book that offers a stark picture of the unforgiving nature of Communism and its champions. When God Looked the Other Way will stand as a testament to the trials of a family during wartime and an intimate chronicle of episodes yet to receive their historical due."--Jacket.