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Suggested Reading on forced displacements from Poland during WWII

    This suggested reading list has been kindly suppled by Dr Katarzyna Nowak, with input also from Josef Butler.

    Recommended readings:

    Bailkin, Jordanna. Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain. First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.  

    Bhattacharjee, Anuradha., and Franek. Herzog. The Second Homeland : Polish Refugees in India. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2012. 

    Cohen, Gerald Daniel. In War’s Wake: Europe’s Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Davies, Norman. Trail of Hope: the Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents. Oxford, England: Osprey Publishing, 2015.

    Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Anna D. The Exile Mission: the Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956. 1st ed. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004.  

    Jolluck, Katherine R. Exile and Identity: Polish Women in the Soviet Union During World War II. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002. 

    Lingelbach, Jochen. On the Edges of Whiteness: Polish Refugees in British Colonial Africa During and after the Second World War. New York: Berghahn Books, 2020. 

    Nowak, Katarzyna. “‘We Would Rather Drown Ourselves in Lake Victoria’: Refugee Women, Protest, and Polish Displacement in Colonial East Africa, 1948-49.” Immigrants & minorities 37.1-2 (2019): 92–117. 

    Ryan, Louise & Webster, Wendy. Gendering migration: masculinity, femininity and ethnicity in post-war Britain. London: Routledge, 2016.

    Salvatici, Silvia. ‘Sights of Benevolence: UNRRA’s Recipients Portrayed’, in Heide Fehrenbach and Davide Rodogno’s edited volume Humanitarian Photography: a history (Cambridge 2014): 200-222.

    Keith Sword, M.B. Grabowski and Norman Davies, The Formation of the Polish Community in Great Britain, 1939-1950. London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1989.

    Taylor, Lynne. Polish Orphans of Tengeru: the Dramatic Story of Their Long Journey to Canada 1941-49. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2009. 

    Temple, Bogusia (1994) Polish Identity and Community Occasional Paper Number 38. In: Manchester Sociology Occasional Papers. University of Manchester, Department of Sociology.

    Zahra, Tara. The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World. New York, United States: W.W. Norton and Company, 2017. 

    Ziarski-Kenberg, Tomasz. The Polish Community in Scotland. 2000 – interview with the author here.

    Collections of published primary sources:

    Piotrowski, Tadeusz. The Polish Deportees of World War II : Recollections of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World. Jefferson, N.C. ;: McFarland, 2007. 

    Beaupré-Stankiewicz, Irena., Danuta. Waszczuk-Kamieniecka, and Jadwiga. Lewicka-Howells. Isfahan : City of Polish Children. 3rd ed. (London?): Association of Former Pupils of Polish Schools, Isfahan and Lebanon, 1989.

    Kresy Siberia Virutal Museum – [Collection of testimonies and other primary sources]


    Images and testimonies of refugees evacuated from the Soviet Union: Kresy Siberia Virtual Museum 

    Database of victims of Nazi persecution by the Institute of National Remembrance, searchable by name:

    Digital archives on the victims of Nazi persecution, including refugees and Displaced Persons, searchable by name:  Arolsen Archives, Bad Arolsen, Germany,

    Free inquiries from family members willing to find out about fates of their relatives during the Nazi era:

    Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 

    Archives of Modern Records, Warsaw, Poland 

    Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, New York, USA 

    The National Archives, Kew, London 

    National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, USA 

    Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, London, UK 

    Polish Museum of America Archives, Chicago, USA