Occurring on the night of February 9th and 10th 1940, around 140,000 Poles were roused from their sleep in the first of four wartime deportation actions that would see several hundred thousand forcibly exiled from their ancestral home.
Dressed in baggy clothes, his cap set at a rakish angle, the photograph depicts the grinning 15-year-old with his hands plunged deep in his pockets. To his side, his mother gently smiles to the camera whilst uniformed men mingle in the background. Behind, a flat-capped onlooker stares deeply at the mother and son, adding a haunting poignance to the scene.
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