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Danuta's Diary














1. Life in Kresy
2. 
Invasion 
3. 
Deportation
4. 
Life in Siberia

5. The "Amnesty"
6.
Joining the Polish Army 
7. 
Evacuation to Persia
8. 
Training
9.
The Italian Campaign
10, Life after the war


1. Osada Krechowiecka A detailed account of life on a military settlement

Danuta's full deportation story

Danuta's "Ankieta" (so-called Hoover statement) written on arrival in Persia while details were still fresh in her mind.


Danuta's Route Map























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.