Prisoners In The Promised Land

Prisoners In The Promised Land

The Ukrainian Internment Dairy Of Anya Soloniuk

Book - 2007
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The heart-wrenching story of one girl's experience at a Ukrainian internment camp in Quebec during World War I

Anya's family emigrates from the Ukraine hoping for a fresh start and a new life in Canada. Soon after they cram into a tiny apartment in Montreal, WWI is declared. Because their district was annexed by Austria -- now at war with the Commonwealth -- many Ukrainians in Canada are declared "enemy aliens" and sent to internment camps. Anya and her family are shipped off to the Spirit Lake Camp, in the remote wilderness of Quebec. Though conditions are brutal, at least Anya is at a camp that houses entire families together, and even in this barbed-wire world, she is able to make new friends and bring some happiness to the people around her.

Author Marsha Skrypuch, whose own grandfather was interned during WWI at a camp in Alberta, travelled to Spirit Lake during her research for the book. "When we got to the cemetery, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Imagine seeing a series of crosses, all grown over with brush and abandoned, and knowing that the real person you based a character on had a little sister buried there? That real little girl was Mary Manko. She was only six years old when she and her family were taken from their Montreal home and sent to Spirit Lake Internment Camp. Her two-year-old sister Carolka died at the camp. Mary Manko is in her nineties now and is the last known survivor of the Ukrainian internment operations." explains Skrypuch.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 9780439956925
0439956927
Branch Call Number: SKR
Characteristics: 243 p. : ill.

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abbyruth
Jul 29, 2016

I liked this one a lot. It did cover more time then they usually do so that was different.

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Meabh
Jul 07, 2014

Good book definitely one of the better dear Canada books.

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alisonwong_129
Mar 19, 2012

This book is so good! I love it! It truly expresses what an immigrant has to go through to go to another country(Canada) And having lost another relative in your old country(Horoshova,Borshiv county, in the Crownland of Galicia)in 1914.It also shows how it feels like to be held hostage at an Internment camp just because Canada is fighting against your country in war.And being really poor the whole time! It shows the sacrifices children have to make like going to work instead of going to school.I highly recommend this book to whoever reads this comment and thinks it sounds like a good book and whoever likes reading about the old times. I think this book is awesome and I would totally read this book again and again if I have too!:)

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iluv_hngr_gms_JB
Aug 29, 2011

this is a really good book and I highly reccomend it :)

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Bighat thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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