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Doctors With Borders: A Collection of Short Stories About Physicians Behind the Iron Curtain

Length: 132 pages1 hour


After the end of World War II, most physicians, locked up behind the Iron Curtain were unable to travel to the West or legally cross the frontier of their country of birth. During big national disasters or massive epidemics, they could not leave the Soviet Bloc to volunteer their skills to other nations in need. Hence, their newly-acquired name of Doctors with Borders.
Unlike the famous Médicins sans Frontières—Doctors without Borders—who travelled freely all over the world to help people in distress, they remained helplessly locked up behind impenetrable borders with high fences and walls, mine fields or large waterways. Poland however, because of its unique history made a few exceptions to the tyrannical communist rules prevailing all over Eastern Europe.
Throughout the geopolitical turmoil, ten-million Polish nationals resettled in the free world. Those expatriates living happily in Western Europe and America were all fiercely opposed to communism. Their numbers were equal to nearly one third of the postwar Polish population. With one million Polish nationals living in Chicago alone, nearly as many as in the Capital City of Warsaw, it became an impossible task for the tyrannical regime to isolate its residents from their expatriated brethren.

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