Nazi death camp
WORLDS APART Henry Pavlovich
Background to the novel "Worlds Apart"
Cover collage
The book cover is a collage of photos
Why a book and why a website
How it came about and the reasons for a website
InterWar Poland's borders
Between the wars, Poland's borders were further east than they are now
Historical context
The book tells of real people who experienced real events
Russian revolutionary movements and Jewish emigration after 1881
The link between revolutionary movements and Jewish emigration after the Tsar's assassination
The different rulers of "the Jerusalem of the North"
Ethnic Cleansing in Volhynia
Between the wars Poland occupied an eastern region called Volhynia
Waffen SS “Galizien” (Halychyna) Division and Other Pro-Nazi Forces
When the Nazis went to war, some communities sided with them (e.g. those Ukrainians who formed the Halychyna or SS Galizien Division) and afterwards thousands of them posed as refugees
The “Anders Army”
The army created by Stalin's former prisoners to fight the Nazis
Languages and Worlds Apart
An article for the journal of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
A map of Europe-Asia showing places featured in the book

WORLDS APART Henry Pavlovich

Collage used for front and back cover

ISBN 978-1-84728-226-2

How and why the book was written -
starting as a private family memoir and ending as a novel available to the public

The book can be bought from online retailers like Amazon (you will need to enter my name or the ISBN into Amazon's book search field) or direct from my storefront with the US publisher, Lulu


Amazon UK

Author Press Release

To its inmates the refugee camp in England is a like an island in a foreign sea: they may be united by their lack of English and their war memories, but there is much to divide them. Some of the adults have numbers tattooed on their arms. A few of the camp inmates turn out to be former Waffen SS. Menace pervades the post-war atmosphere of relief and new beginnings. Kids speak English at school but revert to other languages at home, learning about distant traditions in their own special classes whilst wondering why only some versions of the past are permitted.

Mindful of modern parallels, with hatred and suspicion of outsiders fanned by certain media and some politicians, Henry Pavlovich, son of war refugees, looks at the 20th century through the eyes of a boy growing up in such a camp and then as an adult investigating his parents’ background. In his novel, Worlds Apart, he explores identity and memory through first-hand accounts of colonial life, foreign occupation, labour camps in the former Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, and life in a UK refugee camp where not everyone is what he seems to be.

“Friends and work colleagues heard me relate many of these accounts when I was writing them for my family and I was told they deserved a wider audience,” says Henry Pavlovich. “They are certainly relevant today. When I was young I often heard ‘Go back to your own country!’ – or a pithier local equivalent – directed at those who ‘spoke foreign’, who looked different or who ate ‘funny food’. Children of immigrants are often keen to find out more about their exotic backgrounds, and their suspicions are aroused if parents prevaricate or hide family photographs. It is such circumstances that drive the character in my novel, David, to investigate...”

The author was Director and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London until autumn 2005. For many years before that he held various news-gathering posts at the BBC. A linguist who has also written on language matters, he has spent a lifetime with people of different nationalities. He lives near Oxford, is married and has two adult sons.

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