Da Vilna alla Gran Bretagna attraverso la Siberia: storia di un polacco
Frank Pleszak, Two Years in a Gulag: The True Wartime Story of a Polish Peasant Exiled to Siberia, Amberley Publishing, 2013
Frank Pleszak is an IT professional and lives with his family near Stockport.
Book descriptionAt the onset of the Second World War, Frank Pleszak’s father MikoAaj, aged nineteen, was forcibly removed from his family in Poland by the Russian secret police and exiled to the harshest of the Siberian labour camps, the dreaded Soviet gulags of Kolyma. MikoAaj spoke very little about it. Only very occasionally would his painful memories allow him to tell Frank and his siblings a little snippet of information. After his father’s death, Frank became intrigued and began researching MikoAaj’s early life. As he discovered more and more, he became amazed and shocked at the ordeals his father had endured. When Germany invaded Russia, MikoAaj was freed from Kolyma but still had many trials yet to face. MikoAaj survived gulags, torture, and the war, but was never allowed to return home. Frank has followed his father’s footsteps on a journey of 40,000 kilometres, through places most of us have never heard of, a journey through despair, fear, hope and disappointment, and in these pages he recounts everything he discovered along the way. This true story occurred during a largely unknown and poorly documented period of modern history that has been denied by successive Russian Governments and largely ignored by western governments and media. Two Years in a Gulag provides a valuable insight into not only MikoAaj’s story but the story of a whole Polish nation.
Frank Pleszak has videoed a few ex-combatants and put some small clips on YouTube as below: Jozef Krolczyk and Tadeusz Mastalski.
He also donated some old cine films to PISM showing some old footage of Anders and his funeral in 1970. See Polish millennium (London 1966).
And also See Visit to Penrhos
and Generał Władysław Anders Funeral – Monte Cassino, 23rd May 1970
and General Władysław Anders Lying in State, London – May 1970
and The Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School – Pitsford (1)
and The Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School – Pitsford (2)
and General Wladyslaw Anders at a football match in Cannock.