"War Through Children's Eyes" in the Archiwum Wschodnie [Eastern Archive] Collection

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In 1981, Hoover Institution Press published a collection of testimonies of Polish citizens and their children deported to the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1941. War Through Children's Eyes contained English translations of compositions, interviews, and testimonies from the Polish Government Collection at the Hoover Institution Archives. In the 1980s efforts were underway in Poland to collect similar personal stories of survivors of Soviet deportations, including children's testimonies. The result was the creation of the Archiwum Wschodnie [Eastern Archive] and the KARTA Center in Warsaw. The archive, legalized after the fall of Communism in 1990, is a major primary source collection dealing with the history of former Polish eastern territories. The paper discusses parts of the Archiwum Wschodnie collection focusing on the testimonies of children deported to the Soviet Union. The trauma of war and displacement is examined through personal stories and testimonies of deportees. Published with license by Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-93
Number of pages14
JournalSlavic and East European Information Resources
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Archiwum Wschodnie [Eastern Archive]
  • Poland
  • Polish deportees
  • Soviet Union
  • World War II
  • children's wartime experiences
  • deportation
  • wartime narratives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Library and Information Sciences


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