This extraordinary time of isolation has made me reflect on many things and has evoked memories for me from my childhood, all happy ones. I’m not sure they were such happy times for my parents’ generation, for whom it was a daily struggle to make ends meet and to create as normal life as possible, … Continue reading Lockdown Reflections
For the older generation of Poles, the 10th February 1940 is an especially poignant date. From the start of Stalin’s Purges in 1934, throughout the thirties, throughout the forties, and right up to his death in 1953, it is estimated that around four million of his own people died as a result of resettlement to … Continue reading On this day in 1940
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
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
In Volume 2 of ‘The Journey’, I describe the voyage from Palestine to England with my mother Anastazia. In January 1948 our boat, the SS Samaria, set sail from Port Said in Egypt and two weeks later we docked in Liverpool, having crossed The Mediterranean and negotiated the turbulent waters around the Bay of Biscay. … Continue reading A new life in England
Anastazia Malinska was my mother. I based the character of Anastazia in my novel ‘The Journey’ on her. She was the youngest in a family of five and only a small child when her father and her oldest brother (17) were called to arms in the First World War. The next few years her mother … Continue reading Who was Anastazia Malinska?
Anna’s character in my novel ‘Stolen Years’ is based on Anna Majcherczyk. The plot is based on real events as recounted to me by Anna and on my own historical research. All other characters, conversations and daily situations are fictional for the purpose of driving the plot. Anna Majcherczyk was my husband Michael’s mother. Aged … Continue reading Who was Anna Majcherczyk?