Thursday, December 1, 2016

Escape from the Soviet Union - A WWII Adventure

Mietek Rymaszewski was a young teenager when the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. The Soviets arrested him on trumped up charges in 1940 and sent him to the slave labor camps of Siberia. Today’s post begins more than a year after his capture. His earlier adventures were shared in these previous posts: September, October, and November.

The Soviets sent Mietek back to camp and tried to persuade him to join their army, but he carefully responded that he hadn’t been educated in Russian and wouldn’t feel right in the Russian Army. Instead, Mietek and a group of other former prisoners boarded a cattle truck and rode south to join the Polish Armed Forces in the East. They rode the same rail line they had previously built and relished the freedom of travelling unguarded in Russia for the first time.

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