Snapshots of a foreign war and a foreign family filtered through Linda Gintowt’s Canadian upbringing, and through her experiences visiting post-World War II Poland. Her father grew up during the German occupation of Warsaw. At age 18 he was a combatant with the Home Army during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and subsequently a prisoner at Stalag XB in Sandbostel, Germany. After Stalag XB’s 1945 liberation, and unable to return to his Soviet-occupied homeland, he was given refuge in Canada. With this presentation Linda shares several family stories, including those of her heroic aunt who was a female combatant and prisoner of war, her grandfather, executed by the SS in a secret action against the intelligentsia, and an aunt who later rose to a position of political influence after the dismantling of the USSR-ruled regime in Poland. These are the stories that reveal a reckoning with the repercussions of a war that shaped our common history and her personal life, despite her father rarely speaking of any of these harrowing and heroic events.
Linda Dziewaltowska-Gintowt holds an M.A. in drama from the University of Toronto. Linda has a passion for history and the preservation of art and culture.
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