[Aaus-list] Upcoming readings of "Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland's Ukrainians after World War II"
diana_reilly at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 25 11:58:45 EDT 2013
Dear AAUS listserve members,
I would like to cordially extend an invitation to the group to attend any of the following New York City and Chicago readings of my recently-published, narrative non-fiction book, "Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland's Ukrainian's after World War II," which will kick off this weekend:
Sat., Sept. 28, 5:00pm at the Shevchenko Scientific Society (NTSh), 63 Fourth Avenue (between 9th & 10th St.), New York, NY; Entrance: free (http://www.brama.com/cgi-bin/webdata_shevchenko.cgi?bramaclient=SHEVCHENKO&cgifunction=Search)
Thurs., Oct. 3, 12:00pm at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY; Entrance: free (http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/book-presentation-%E2%80%9Cscattered-forced-relocation-polands-ukrainians-after-world-war-ii%E2%80%9D-diane)
Sun., Oct. 6, 1:00pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL; Hosted by the Chicago Business & Professional Group, Entrance: $10.00 members; $15.00 guests (refreshments will be served)
Diana Howansky Reilly
Following World War II, the communist government of Poland forcibly relocated the country's Ukrainian minority by means of a Soviet-Polish population exchange and then a secretly planned action code-named Operation Vistula. In Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukrainians After World War II, Diana Howansky Reilly recounts these events through the experiences of three siblings caught up in the conflict, during a turbulent period when compulsory resettlement was a common political tactic used against national minorities to create homogenous states.
Born in the Lemko region of southeastern Poland, Petro, Melania, and Hania Pyrtej survived World War II only to be separated by political decisions over which they had no control. Petro relocated with his wife to Soviet Ukraine during the population exchange of 1944–46, while his sisters Melania and Hania were resettled to western Poland through Operation Vistula in 1947. As the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought resettlement, the Polish government meanwhile imprisoned suspected sympathizers within the Jaworzno concentration camp. Melania, Reilly's maternal grandmother, eventually found her way to the United States during Poland's period of liberalization in the 1960s.
Drawing on oral interviews and archival research, Reilly tells a fascinating, true story that provides a bottom-up perspective and illustrates the impact of extraordinary historical events on the lives of ordinary people. Tracing the story to the present, she describes survivors' efforts to receive compensation for the destruction of their homes and communities.
"A very readable book, dealing with complex and controversial issues of World War II and the early Cold War in a balanced and enlightened manner. Reilly shows how such events as the Nazi and Communist occupations, the Holocaust, ethnic cleansing, and forced deportations affected and continue to affect the lives of the people in the region."—Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
"Reilly's engaging book, a valuable historical source, is a homage to the Lemkos, whose world has disappeared forever."—Piotr J. Wróbel, Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto
About the Author:
Diana Howansky Reilly has master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University, in international affairs, and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Connecticut.
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (May 20, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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