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Finding Poland : from Tavistock to Hruzdowa and back again

Author: Matthew Kelly
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Following the partition of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, Matthew Kelly's great grandmother and her two daughters were deported to the East. Thus began an extraordinary ordeal that took them, and many thousands like them, on a journey stretching from Siberia to Iran, India, and beyond. They saw the steppe, they were put to work in labour camps, they built sections of the Trans-Siberian railway,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Matthew Kelly; Matthew Kelly
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Kelly
ISBN: 9780224081672 0224081675
OCLC Number: 463634812
Description: x, 342 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Matthew Kelly.

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Following the partitioning of Poland by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, the author's great grandmother and her two daughters were deported to the East. Thus began an extraordinary ordeal that  Read more...

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