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Wanda's war : an untold story of Nazi Europe, forced labour, and a Canadian immigration scandal Book
Book | Goose Lane Editions, Frederickton, New Brunswick : 2023.

  • 0 of 2 Copies Available at Libraries in Niagara Cooperative
  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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In 1943, Wanda Gizmunt was ripped from her family home in Poland and deported to a forced labour camp in Nazi Germany. At the end of the war, she became one of millions of displaced Europeans awaiting resettlement. Unwilling to return to then-Soviet-occupied Poland, Wanda became one of 100 young Polish women brought to Canada in 1947 to address a labour shortage at a Quebec textile mill. But rather than arriving to long-awaited freedom, the women found themselves captives to their Canadian employer. Their treatment eventually became a national controversy, prompting scrutiny of Canada’s utilitarian immigration policy. Wanda seized the opportunity to leave the mill in the midst of a strike in 1948. She never looked back, but she remained silent about her wartime experience. Only after her death did her daughter-in-law assemble the pieces of Wanda’s life in Poland, Nazi Germany, and finally, Canada. In this masterful account of a hidden episode of history, Faubert chronicles the tragedy of exile and the meaning of silence for those whose traumas were never fully recognized.

  • ISBN: 9781773102757
  • Physical Description: 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Frederickton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane Editions, 2023.
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