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The strange odyssey of Poland's national treasures, 1939-1961 : a Polish-Canadian story

Author: Gordon Swoger
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. ; Tonawanda, NY : Dundurn, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poland, 1939. Facing an imminent Nazi invasion, the decision is made to transport some of the country's most ancient and valuable historical objects to prevent their plunder by the invading army. After a perilous journey that takes them through Romania, France, and England in search of a safe haven, the royal treasures arrive in Canada, where they are expected to remain for the duration of the war. However, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
History
Art and the war
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Swoger
ISBN: 1550025155 9781550025156
OCLC Number: 56490119
Description: 214 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Gordon Swoger.
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The Polish national treasures, evacuated in 1939 and eventually sent to Canada for safekeeping during the war, didnt return to their native land until 22 years later. Their journey was indeed a  Read more...

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