A winter's day in 1939

Melinda Szymanik

Sometimes in war the harshest enemies are starvation and disease.

Taken from his home in Poland and forced to leave his country, 12 year old Adam and his family are transported to work in a labour camp in Russia. Ill fed and poorly treated Adam doubts they will ever make it out alive. Even if they do get away, they might freeze to death, or starve. For these Polish refugees, the whole of the USSR becomes a prison from which there is no escape.

Over the course of the Second World War, 1.6 million Poles, including 500,000 civilians, were deported to prisons and forced labour camps in the Soviet Union. It is estimated that half of these died in the camps and prisons, or during the endless train journeys they were forced to take.

Melinda Szymanik used her Father Leszek’s written notes from the Second World War as the basis of this book.

For young readers 12-18 years.

Soft cover, 288 pages.

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A winter's day in 1939