‘Oleńka’ is a true story about my youth. It has been in manuscript form for the last 40 years, and was written when my memory was good and my thoughts were vivid. The story has never been published, but I feel that it is worth sharing with family and friends.

The journey starts in Poland. In 1919, ‘The Treaty of Versailles’ was signed and Poland finally gained its independence; after being partitioned between Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire for two centuries. However, Polish independence was short lived as Germany and the Soviet Union invaded her in 1939. During World War Two, from 1939 to 1945, millions of Polish people suffered great hardships under German and Soviet occupation. Those who survived World War Two were able to tell their tales of suffering. This is one of those stories…


Available through the Kindle StoreComments about the book –

‘A harrowing tale that offers a surprisingly physical experience that keeps the pages turning effortlessly.  The author shows real talent and it shines out in her gripping memoirs.’

Michael Kimberley – Daily Dispatch

‘A compelling account of Poland’s darkest days, unspeakable torment and a soaring spirit.  Oleńka’s zest for living is inextinguishable.’

Nancy Tietz – Friend and colleague

‘This unpretentious account by a Polish political prisoner of her experience of Nazi concentration camps and death marches is a welcome addition to the genre of Holocaust memoirs.  It shows that the Jews were not the only victims of Hitler’s regime.’

Prof. Gary Baines – History lecturer at Rhodes University

‘This is a story about providence – a life spared – about Oleńka, a beautiful and intelligent young Polish lady who survived the horror of two Nazi concentration camps and a death march during the latter part of the Second World War.  The book’s camouflaged messages are that it is our collective duty, worldwide, to work against evil and misguided political ignoramuses, to value every human life, and hope that all nation’s learn from their sullied past.’

Nat Kaschula – Educational consultant

‘Thank you for this precious inspiration! – Oleńka:  The simple style carries a moving tale of suffering, endurance and survival through unimagined situations, straight to the heart.  This woman’s capacity to extract enrichment of the soul from unspeakably inhumane treatment; and then to offer forgiveness, gives a glimpse into a different way of being.  Our stressed response to looming work deadlines and hooting taxis recedes into a truer perspective.  This book is truly a gift.’

Jean Fielding – Clinical Psychologist