Think of it! The war had been over for forty-four years, and she still needed a coupons to buy a few hundred grams of beef. Including "veal on the bone," the meat ration for the month totaled four kilograms, or about 133 grams (4.7 ounces) a day. Of course the downside of freedom was inflation that averaged 787 percent in 1990, until the Polish zloty adjusted to the realities of supply and demand.
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Use your credit card to suppport Ukraine's resistance! The first link may be tax deductible; the second link is not: Humanitarian aid through Razom for Ukraine (a 501c3 charity) or support the Ukrainian Army through the National Bank of UkraineThe Second World War -- the worst thing that ever happened. It started in September 1939, with Hitler's Wehrmacht invading Poland from the west, while Stalin's Red Army stormed in from the east. Among their victims was a five-year-old named Basia Deszberg. The Russians shot her father and brother in the Katyn Forest, then loaded Basia, her sister, and her mother into a cattle car for a horrific three-week journey to the steppes of Kazakhstan, there to survive however they could. Over the next eight years, they would escape through Persia, Lebanon, and Egypt to find safe haven in England.
Meanwhile, I was growing up in a United States mired by the Great Depression. Europe's agony was America's windfall! I went from hardscrabble poverty to a college degree and a fellowship that took me to the English university where Basia was also a student. This is the story of our meeting, our travels, and our parting. "It's an extraordinary book, highly original, gripping, at once full of joy and of sorrow" (Cosmopolitan Review).
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