Polish War Veterans in Alberta

The Last Four Stories


Polish War Veterans in Alberta

In the aftermath of World War II, more than 4,500 Polish veterans, displaced by the war events and the emerging Soviet-oriented Polish government, were resettled in Canada as farm workers; 750 of these men were accepted by the province of Alberta. Polish War Veterans in Alberta examines how these former soldiers experienced their new country and its sometimes-harsh postwar realities. This compelling work of social history is brought to life through the words and stories of four veterans, whose remembrances provide an intimate firsthand look at a moment of Canada’s past that is at risk of being forgotten.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Contents 6
Preface 8
Acknowledgements 12
I Polish World War II Veterans 14
1 From Citizens to Prisoners 16
2 From Prisoners to Soldiers 30
3 From Soldiers to Stateless Immigrants 64
4 The Immigrant as Ethnic 84
5 Polish Veterans and Canadian Veterans 100
II Polish War Veterans’ Stories 108
6 Interviewing the Veterans 110
7 Anatol (Tony) Nieumierzycki 118
8 Władysław (Walter) Niewiński 146
9 Zbigniew (Leo) Rogowski 190
10 Stefan Koselak 234
III From Victory to Sorrow 280
11 Understanding the Polish War Veterans’ Experiences 282
Notes 298
Selected Reading 304
Index 310
About the Author 324
Other Titles from University of Alberta Press 329