What remains clear to me, after having talked to many survivors of the Polish deportations for my book Grace Revealed, is that the stories of the Poles need to be shared and told. Their histories need to be preserved. One thing that sprang so marvelously from what unfolded with the Jewish community in the wake of Nazism is that the stories were told. The experiences were shared. The world heard. In many ways, some would say, Poland and its people did not have as much levity. The country had been taken over. Communism ruled. Stalin remained the King-Baby Dysfunctional Daddy in the East. It’s only now that that the stories of the deported Poles seem to be coming out with more verve. You can see it in recent documentaries and other published material. As one Polish survivor in her 70s I interviewed recently in suburban Chicago told me, “I never had a chance to heal from this. We were never able to talk about it.”
Now she can. We can.