Polish research material

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1840 GHi/02/04/01
  • Dates of Creation
      1991-1996
  • Physical Description
      41 items

Scope and Content

File of material collected by Gaye Hicyilmaz while researching 'And the Stars Were Gold', set in Poland under Soviet occupation during the Second World War. The file includes notes, press cuttings and correspondence relating to Wojtek, the brown bear which served in the Polish Army during the War and died at Edinburgh Zoo in 1963; photocopied extracts from Stanislaw Zurakowski's autobiographical book 'Ot, Bajki...Nie Bajki', with a typed English translation of selected pages from the book; photocopies of several historical documents, in Polish and Russian; manuscript notes from various secondary sources relating to the period of Soviet occupation of Poland; a copy of a document supplied by the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum relating to the mass deportation of Poles to the USSR in 1940 and 1941; a copy of 'Human Freedom is Being Crushed: The Story of Deportations Behind the Iron Curtain', published by the Central and Eastern European Conference in 1951; and typed transcripts of several primary sources documenting life in Poland under Soviet rule. The file also contains two copies of 'National Geographic' magazine, one from March 1991 and one from June 1991, containing articles on Poland and Eastern Europe.