Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Canadian Memoir of a Happy Polish Childhood, Nazi Horror, and Swedish Refuge
27th January 2020
Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Canadian Memoir of a Happy Polish Childhood, Nazi Horror, and Swedish Refuge, by Halina Maria Czajkowska Robinson (2020)
In fall 2019, I was contacted by Jacalyn Duffin, PhD, who was working on editing the memoirs of Halina Maria Czajkowska Robinson, a Polish survivor of Nazi persecution who had come to Sweden in the aftermath of the Second World War. Halina had been at the refugee camp in Öreryd, Sweden, which I had researched and written about. I was able to find and provide Jacalyn and Halina with information and images, including an image of Halina in a 1946 Swedish newspaper article, which were used in the memoirs. I also had the privilege of reading and commenting on the manuscript prior to publication. It was a privilege to be a small part of the process of bringing these wonderful memoirs to fruition.