• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 10 May 2017

    Author of “A Question of Honor” speaks about her new book on the contributions of occupied European nations to the Allied cause during World War II.

    On May 8, 2017 New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson was welcomed to our Embassy for a talk on her latest work, “Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War” which details how the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight during World War II, including Poland.


    Deputy Chief of Mission Pawel Kotowski, in welcoming Ms. Olson to the Embassy, remarked, “For anyone even slightly interested in Polish history the name Lynne Olson will be no stranger. One of her previous works, entitled ‘A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron, Forgotten Heroes of World War II’  brought to light the heroic history of Polish pilots and their crucial contribution to the Battle of Britain in 1940. Lynne Olson’s book, which she co-authored with her husband Stanley Cloud, helped popularize the gallantry and sacrifice of the Polish Airmen including the famed Polish 303 Squadron among the English speaking world and beyond.”


    Olson’s latest work, “Last Hope Island” published in April 2017 by Penguin Random House, describes the Polish contribution to the Allied War Effort to defeat Nazi Germany within the context of the contributions made by other occupied European nations. Olson argued that occupied European nations which relocated to London provided considerable aid and support that in the dark days of 1940-41 arguably saved Britain from defeat, “Without Europeans help the British might have lost the Battle of Britain and Battle of the Atlantic, and might have never conquered the Germans incredibly complicated enigma code, all essential factors in Britain’s survival.” With regards to the Polish contribution, Olson stressed, “It was the Poles who were head and shoulders above everyone else [in occupied Europe] in terms of the significance of their contribution to the allied victory.”


    Lynn Olson’s presentation was followed by a lively discussion. On the topic of why she decided to write such a book, Olson explained, “To this day, the full share of the credit and glory is being denied. The Poles and other occupied countries contribution have very clearly been neglected. I wrote this book to give credit where credit is due. The lion share of credit belong to the Poles for the sheer magnitude of what they achieved.”


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC



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