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The cheerful gulag survivor: Alexander Topolski, 1923-2014


When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Alexander Topolski was just like a lot of 16-year-olds eager to lie about their age and sign up to fight the Nazis.
But unlike most war veterans in Canada today, he didn’t join the Canadian Army or the Royal Air Force. Topolski (known in those days by his first name, Boguslaw) lived in eastern Poland.
And his memoir of the Second World War, when he survived two years and five prisons or labour camps in the Soviet gulag system, is unlike the experience of all but a few in Canada.
Topolski died Aug. 14 in Wakefield at …read more

Source: Ottawa Citizen

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