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Danuta Gradosielska (née Mączka) 

was 14 years old when she was deported. She had been living a happy, carefree life on Osada Krechowiecka  (an army settlement) with her parents, two brothers and a sister.

While travelling to Siberia on the deportation train, she lay on the top bunk and, looking out of the tiny grated window, wrote a diary, noted all the place names and dates.


Follow her experiences from being a schoolgirl in Kresy, Poland ... to being a soldier in the Polish II Corps ...... and to being a mother of six in London.


Illustrations by Tolek Sobierajski.

Kresy Family