Polish survivors of the Gulag
A fighter in the Warsaw Uprising
Poland’s tragic fate during WW II, particularly the Holocaust, is well known, including the fact that 6.5 million Polish citizens perished, of whom close to 3 million were Jews. This web site documents the horrors of Nazism, but as importantly it is a study of a chapter of history long misunderstood and even denied: Poland’s suffering under Stalinism and Communism.
Hitler and Stalin divided Poland between themselves in 1939, subjecting Poles to a double reign of terror. Under the Soviet occupation of Poland (September 1939 to June 1941) over 100,000 Poles were killed, including 27,000 Polish officers at Katyn and other sites.
During WW II, as many as 2 million Poles were deported to Siberia and other points in the USSR, half of whom died. Even after the war, between 1945-1955, tens of thousands more were imprisoned and executed by the Communist regime in Poland installed by Moscow.
I hope the material presented here will expand knowledge and interest of Poland and Poles during World War Two, and that it will serve as an educational tool for layman and historian to counteract deniers of the holocausts perpetrated by both Hitler and Stalin.
I dedicate this project to my parents and to Poles everywhere, as well as to Ukrainians, Balts, Russians, Jews and countless others who suffered under Nazism and Communism.