“The Soul's Journey is a compelling and moving tale of a Polish family migrating to Canada after WWII and building a life for themselves in a prairie town in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Mary Shumilak beautifully contextualizes her parents' lives in the complex history of wartime Poland, the hardship of forced labour camps, the confusion of being a displaced person, and the challenges of moving across an ocean and making it in modern small-town Canada.
Having grown up in the same town (Selkirk) and attending the same Roman Catholic Church (Notre Dame), her vivid stories reminded me of my own family history and brought to life patterns of prairie society, from presentation lines at weddings to the joys of winter sledding. This book will have a broad appeal to those descended from Eastern European immigrants, as well as those who grew up on the Canadian Prairies.”
- Dr. Carolyn Podruchny, Professor of History, York University, Toronto, ON
This is the powerful story of one family’s escape from decimated post–World War II Poland, the life they built as newcomers to Canada, and the legacy of hope that endures for their descendants today and for generations to come. A must-read for those seeking perspective on that era of history and its common threads with today’s ongoing refugee crisis.