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The Polish Invasion


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The Polish Invasion by Pruszynski Ksawery
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This book, first published in 1941, is a witty and perceptive account of the mutual impact of Poles and Scots in wartime Scotland. The author discusses how a real affection grew out of initial misunderstanding: `[the Pole] took the other for a kind of Englishman, and was rewarded by being taken for a kind of Russian'. He records warm Scottish hospitality, and friendships in which each side tried to explain the complexities of their national history to the other.

Author Biography

Ksawery Pruszynski was a radical journalist who had lost his own home in what is now Byelorussia. After serving with the forces in Scotland, he became a diplomat and - although never a Communist - returned to Poland after the war to serve the new Communist-dominated government at the United Nations and then as ambassador to the Netherlands. But Soviet intelligence never trusted him, and in 1950 he was killed in a car crash in Germany which may not have been an accident.
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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