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After such knowledge, what forgiveness?

28 January 2006

12:00 AM

28 January 2006

12:00 AM

Those Who Trespass Against Us Countess Karolina Lanckoronska

Pimlico, pp.341, 14.99

Most of this powerful book was written nearly 60 years ago. It was then rejected by two London publishers as too anti-Soviet in tone, and a few years later by two more as too anti-German. It consists of the war recollections of a Polish countess of notable ancestry and equally notable courage, who describes exactly what it felt like to live under Soviet and then under German military occupation. Ostensibly, she co-operated with the occupiers, in the task of feeding prisoners, denying (under oath, to the Germans) that she was working against them; in fact she was also an invaluable source of intelligence for the Polish Home Army, till she fell into German hands and was packed off to Ravensbr


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