Book details

Publication date: January 2019
Features: 59 B&W photographs, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: World War II / Oral History
Subject(s): HISTORY / Military / World War II, World War II / Oral History, HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), HISTORY / Europe / Poland, History of the Americas, World War II / Oral History, History of the Americas, Canada, Poland
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Aldona Jaworska. Aldona Jaworska was born and raised in Poland and came to Canada as a refugee in 1990. She lives and studies in Calgary.

"At war’s end some 250,000 Polish veterans were stranded in Europe. Returning home was a ticket to the Soviet Gulag.... Author Jaworska is a passionate writer. Her interviews with survivors are compelling. Polish War Veterans In Alberta has a melancholy quality...with a very human ending." Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter, April 13, 2019 [Full review at]

“Jaworska creates a social history that weaves together personal testimony, recollections, and other archival materials to tell the story of how Polish veterans experienced settlement and a new life in Canada.”

Patryk Polec, University of Ottawa

“Joining the microscopic to the macroscopic, Jaworska presents and interprets the stories of four veterans who fought alongside Canadians but, in the country of their settlement, were treated very differently than the veterans of the Canadian armed forces. Listening to their stories is a lesson in the history of the province and of the country.”

Professor Bozena Karwowska, Chair of Modern European Studies, University of British Columbia

I Polish World War II Veterans
1 From Citizens to Prisoners
2 From Prisoners to Soldiers
3 From Soldiers to Stateless Immigrants
4 The Immigrant as Ethnic
5 Polish Veterans and Canadian Veterans: A Comparison

II Polish War Veterans’ Stories
6 Interviewing the Veterans
7 Anatol (Tony) Nieumierzycki (1923–2017)
8 Władysław (Walter) Niewiński (1918–2012)
9 Zbigniew (Leo) Rogowski (1927–)
10 Stefan Koselak (1921–1960)

III From Victory to Sorrow
11 Understanding the Polish War Veterans’ Experiences
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