Author: Diana Howansky Reilly
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299293432
Size: 63.74 MB
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Following World War II, the communist government of Poland forcibly relocated the country's Ukrainian minority by means of a Soviet-Polish population exchange and then a secretly planned action code-named Operation Vistula. In Scattered, Diana Howansky Reilly recounts these events through the experiences of three siblings caught up in the conflict, during a turbulent period when compulsory resettlement was a common political tactic used against national minorities to create homogenous states. Born in the Lemko region of southeastern Poland, Petro, Melania, and Hania Pyrtej survived World War II only to be separated by political decisions over which they had no control. Petro relocated with his wife to Soviet Ukraine during the population exchange of 1944–46, while his sisters Melania and Hania were resettled to western Poland through Operation Vistula in 1947. As the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought resettlement, the Polish government meanwhile imprisoned suspected sympathizers within the Jaworzno concentration camp. Melania, Reilly's maternal grandmother, eventually found her way to the United States during Poland's period of liberalization in the 1960s. Drawing on oral interviews and archival research, Reilly tells a fascinating, true story that provides a bottom-up perspective and illustrates the impact of extraordinary historical events on the lives of ordinary people. Tracing the story to the present, she describes survivors' efforts to receive compensation for the destruction of their homes and communities. Silver Medal for World History, Independent Publisher Book Awards Finalist, Housatonic Book Awards Finalist in History, Foreword Books of the Year

Ukrainian Otherlands

Author: Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299303446
Size: 61.82 MB
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Exploring a rich array of folk traditions that developed in the Ukrainian diaspora and in Ukraine during the twentieth century, Ukrainian Otherlands is an innovative exploration of modern ethnic identity and the deeply felt (but sometimes deeply different) understandings of ethnicity in homeland and diaspora.


Author: Ioann Polianskii
Publisher: Carpathian Institute
ISBN: 9781938292002
Size: 17.84 MB
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Original Lemko edition published: Istoriia Lemkovyny / I. F. Lemkyn. 'IUnkers, N.I.: The Lemko Association of USA and Canada, 1969. This translation contains additional new material, mostly contained in appendices.

The City In Russian Culture

Author: Pavel Lyssakov
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351388029
Size: 35.47 MB
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Cities are constructed and organized by people, and in turn become an important factor in the organization of human life. They are sites of both social encounter and social division and provide for their inhabitants “a sense of place”. This book explores the nature of Russian cities, outlining the role played by various Russian cities over time. It focuses on a range of cities including provincial cities, considering both physical, iconic, created cities, and also cities as represented in films, fiction and other writing. Overall, the book provides a rich picture of the huge variety of Russian cities.

Historical Dictionary Of Russian And Soviet Foreign Policy

Author: Norman E. Saul
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442244372
Size: 40.99 MB
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The Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy covers the history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important individuals, events, and other aspects of the foreign policy of this important country.


Author: Krystyna Mihulka
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613734441
Size: 15.33 MB
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Few people are aware that in the aftermath of German and Soviet invasions and division of Poland, more than 1.5 million people were deported from their homes in Eastern Poland to remote parts of Russia. Half of them died in labor camps and prisons or simply vanished, some were drafted into the Russian army, and a small number returned to Poland after the war. Those who made it out of Russia alive were lucky—and nine-year-old Krystyna Mihulka was among them. In this childhood memoir, Mihulka tells of her family's deportation, under cover of darkness and at gunpoint, and their life as prisoners on a Soviet communal farm in Kazakhstan, where they endured starvation and illness and witnessed death for more than two years. This untold history is revealed through the eyes of a young girl struggling to survive and to understand the increasingly harsh world in which she finds herself.

My Sister S Mother

Author: Donna Solecka Urbikas
ISBN: 9780299308506
Size: 55.19 MB
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An American baby boomer s searing memoir of the ordeals of her Polish mother and half sister as slave laborers in Siberia who escaped and survived, leaving a legacy of trauma to the next generation."

The Eagle Unbowed

Author: Halik Kochanski
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674071050
Size: 22.66 MB
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World War II gripped Poland as it did no other country. Invaded by Germany and the USSR, it was occupied from the first day of war to the last, and then endured 44 years behind the Iron Curtain while its wartime partners celebrated their freedom. The Eagle Unbowed tells, for the first time, the story of Poland’s war in its entirety and complexity.


Author: Peter Hetherington
ISBN: 9780983656319
Size: 57.57 MB
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The epic story of Joseph Pilsudski, the father of Polish independence. Although he is largely either unknown or misunderstood in the West, Pilsudski was a consequential historical figure whose defeat of the Red Army in 1920 preserved Poland's sovereignty and quite possibly spared Europe from Bolshevik revolution. This account of Pilsudski's life places this and other achievements in the proper context by providing sufficient background in Polish history and illuminating his interconnectedness with more well known historical events.

The Reconstruction Of Nations

Author: Timothy Snyder
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300105865
Size: 20.46 MB
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"Snyder then follows transformed national ideas onto the new terrains presented by national independence after the revolutions of 1989. He reviews the threats to European security that arose in the early 1990s with the threats of breakaway minorities, provocations from Moscow, and popular fears of ethnic cleansing. Finally, he examines how a bold Polish eastern policy facilitated the peaceful end of Soviet rule in the region, prevented national disagreements from spilling into international conflict, and hastened European integration. After 1989, a Polish geopolitical vision channeled national interests toward peace."--BOOK JACKET.