Born into an aristocratic family in what is today Belarus, and after an extraordinary 5 years of survival against the odds, Michał Giedroyć built a successful post-war career as an international aircraft designer, industrial consultant, and finally settling in Oxford as an academic. He is married with 4 children who include entertainer and TV personality Mel and BAFTA nominated director Coky.
A Family’s Epic Journey Through Wartime Russia
In September 1939, as a ten year old boy, the author watched the Russian security police seized his home in eastern Poland. His father was imprisoned, and Michał, with his mother and two sisters, were transported in cattle trucks to the wastes of Soviet Siberia, with hundreds of thousands of other deportees. ‘Here, by the will of the rulers of the Soviet Empire, we were to toil and die.’
More than two years of penury and hunger on a collective farm brought them to the brink of extinction. However, exhausted, half starved and ill, Michał‘s mother and her children set off on a second gruelling journey that would take them across Central Asia to Persia, the Middle East, and finally England.
The author’s experiences were shared by many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of other displaced people, but few have had an opportunity to tell their story and to tell it so well.