A Peculiar Journey of Refugees Recalled in Clear-Eyed New Memoir

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“The Journey” by Joseph Kiszka reflects the experiences of one Polish family’s hardiness through a heroic time of trial and travel in a circuitious route via Asia and Africa, to the United States

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Joseph Kiszka recalls the twists of fate his life took and reflects his loyalty and affection for his Polish heritage in The Journey. A rich, agricultural crossroads for many nations in search for conquest and a good place, Poland, whose history stretches back to at least two millennia, and its people have long struggled to keep their identity if not hold on to their wide fertile stretch of Baltic plains. In fact, Poland is derived from an ancient Slavic word for “plains.”

Kiszka’s journey to the United States starts inconspicuously in 1940, the year when the author’s family numbered from eastern Poland were displaced by the Soviet Union’s army and relocated to Siberia. Freedom from war came in 1945. When the European war ended, they had been given a choice: whether to return to western Poland, go to countries in South America or Africa, or migrate to Poland.

The choice for Kiszka was England, just in time to escape the heavy-handed rule of Russia in Eastern Europe’s communist bloc. Eventually, he would make it to the United States. Before that, he would experience, with his family, a journey through Kazakhstan and Iran, through the Middle East and even Africa. How this displaced person managed to survive and become successful in the United States is one proof of how God has blessed Joseph Kiszka’s life with a bit of heaven.

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The Journey Kiszka Family From Innocence through Darkness To True Light * by Joseph Kiszka
Publication Date: 11/29/2012
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