Remembering the residents of Sulby Camp near Husbands Bosworth

It is a Polish tradition that on 1st November, All Saints Day, the departed are remembered with a special ceremony at the cemetery. All over Poland families gather together and visit the cemeteries to decorate the graves lavishly with flowers and to leave burning candles inside protective-glass holders. From above, in the dark, the country … Continue reading Remembering the residents of Sulby Camp near Husbands Bosworth

My visit to the Ukraine 2011 – part 2 – Mizun, near Dolina

Continuing on my journey across once-Polish land and now Ukraine, we also stopped in Mizun, near Dolina at my request. Larger than Michalovka, with brick buildings as well as wooden huts, it had the air of a run-down place, despite the backdrop of beautiful woodland. My parents moved here just before the war (1939) when … Continue reading My visit to the Ukraine 2011 – part 2 – Mizun, near Dolina

My visit to the Ukraine 2011 – part 1 – Michalovka near Rava Ruska

In 2011, I was lucky enough to be able to make my own journey to the Ukraine to re-trace where my parents had lived. Visiting my mother’s village was like stepping back in time: small wooden houses, some dilapidated, some supported with lean-to sheds, all surrounded by vegetable plots or small orchards. The surrounding countryside … Continue reading My visit to the Ukraine 2011 – part 1 – Michalovka near Rava Ruska

Why I wrote ‘Stolen Years’ and ‘The Journey’

Stolen Years and The Journey

My generation of Polish children, born during or just after the war, was brought up on our parents’ stories of their dramatic wartime experiences. As I child, I was unable to comprehend exactly what those stories meant in reality. I didn’t understand the horrors they had experienced in their recent past. When I grew up, … Continue reading Why I wrote ‘Stolen Years’ and ‘The Journey’