Memoirs Red and White: Poland, the War, and After

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Memoirs Red and White: Poland, the War, and After

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Born after World War I into an educated and progressive Polish family, Peter F. Dembowski was a teenager during the joint occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. His account of life as a young Polish soldier, as an immigrant to Canada, and finally as an American professor is a gripping narrative of life before, during, and after the horrors of World War II. Skillfully weaving a tapestry of emotion and history, Dembowski recounts the effects of loss: at age twelve, his father s death; and later, the arrest of his mother and sister by the Gestapo and their execution in 1942 in the women s concentration camp of Ravensbr?ck. Balancing those tragedies, Dembowski recalls the loving care given him by Janina Dembowska, the wife of his paternal uncle, as well as the inspiring strength of character he witnessed in his teachers and extended family.

Still a very young-looking teenager, Dembowski became involved with the Polish Underground in 1942. Suspected as a konspirator