SOURCE: Author Bogusia Wojciechowska

Author Bogusia Wojciechowska

September 22, 2009 06:21 ET

Book by Bogusia Wojciechowska Finally Speaks for Polish Christian WWII Survivors

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2009) - "Waiting To Be Heard (The Polish Christian Experience Under Nazi and Stalinist Oppression 1939-1955)" deals with the disruption caused by the war that tore apart Poland in 1939. With Hitler's vow to annihilate an eastern neighbor "for German expansion," followed immediately by Stalin's thrust westward and the mass deportation to Siberia of whole societies, thus causing the death of millions, those who survived could not, or would not, speak of their ordeal.

This book gives voice to those who, in fear of their lives or in anticipation of an eventual and triumphant return, found themselves exiled across the world. Dr. Bogusia Wojciechowska, the daughter of a couple that found refuge in a camp outside Oxford, England, and now Dean at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA, had an incomplete picture of her family's plight until she chanced upon some letters written by her grandfather. Her training as a historian gave her the confidence and the methodology to conduct over one hundred interviews with a rapidly decreasing population that had first-hand experience of both Nazi and Stalinist oppression. In the majority of cases it was the first time this diaspora had spoken at length about their suffering and their shattered dream of freedom for their homeland.

Presented as a series of vignettes, "Waiting to Be Heard" is a chronology punctuated by the poetry of a subsequent generation that includes Martin Stepek, John Guzlowski, and Hania Kaczanowska, each of whom pay respectful and heart-rending homage to the dignity of their parents. This 400-page book contains many photographs and artifacts, and has a foreword by Ryszard Kaczorowski, former president of the Polish Government-in-Exile in London who, in 1990, was finally able to hand over the safeguarded State Insignia to the newly and democratically-elected president, Lech Walesa, in Warszawa.

Published in October by AuthorHouse, "Waiting To Be Heard" is printed to order, so wait times may vary. Please order through Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites, or through your local bookstore. Meanwhile, one can get a feel for the content by visiting www.PolishDiaspora.net. The ISBN is 978-1-4490-1370-7.

For additional information, or to set up interviews, appearances and readings, write to WaitingToBeHeard@comcast.net

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