The Polish Poppy Who Became an English Rose: Soviet Enemy

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(For the previous instalment of this multipart series click here) Soviet Invasion On the 1st of September 1939 Germany invaded Poland from the West, and sixteen days later the Soviet Union did the same from the East. Their secret pact to shred Poland from existence commencing and leaving the Poles unable…

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The Polish Poppy who became an English Rose: Poland


(For part 1 of this multipart series click here) Rzeczpospolita Polska To understand Poland is to understand her people – complex, diverse and resilient. In the late 1700s, without any natural geographic borders to protect her, Rzeczpospolita Polska (the Republic of Poland) was carved into three by Russia, Prussia and Austrian forces,…

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The Polish Poppy who became an English Rose: introduction

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I’m feeling rather accomplished this week. I digitized a number of boxes of documents. My husband keeps scraps of paper, putting them in boxes like you sweep fall leaves and bag them for pick-up. A classic paper hoarder, he keeps it all. There are phone numbers, addresses and little scribblings…

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