The Stepek Family Story of Deportation from Poland to Siberia and Their Life in the Gulag "For Their is Hope" is Now Available on Amazon Kindle and Paperback (Amazon.com)
Glasgow, United Kingdom, February 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- For There is Hope (English / Polish bilingual)
This book is about Martin Stepek's Polish ancestors' experiences in labour camps during the Second World War and it is illustrated by fascinating sketches of eviction, deportation and life in those camps (courtesy of the Sikorsky Club, Glasgow) and photographs of Martin's family. Despite the harrowing subject, there is love, hope and humane touches in this beautiful book - an English / Polish bilingual personal account of one family's fight to stay alive, told from the heart, in the form of a long narrative poem.
"The poem is a prayer, not only for Poland ('that most beguiling of emotional projections') but for all peoples and places in all times which have known displacement and suffering." -Neal Ascherson
Martin's father, Jan Stepek survived, settled in Scotland, founded a successful family business, became a director of Hamilton Academicals football team, founded the school of Slavonic Studies at Glasgow University and the Annual Polonia lecture at Strathclyde University. He died in October last year, aged 90, just before the book was published and his Scottish wife died 3 weeks later.
Martin's Grandfather, Wladyslaw and his Father, Jan both received medals for services to the Polish Resistance.