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

Cover collage

The cover of the book is a collage of a selection of various personal documents and photographs arranged in such a way as to portray the shattered lives of the characters. The collage is called "Smithereens" - maybe it's pretentious to give it a title but that's what the effect was when the bits and pieces were all spread out on my floor as I tried to put them into some chronological and geographical order.

I have interspersed individual pictures throughout the site, but include a couple here as an example.

Early 19th century high society in Vilna

UK refugee (Displaced Persons) camp

[The "UK refugee camp" photo was one of thousands taken by "Wladek" in about 1955]

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