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Mirosława Guzik

Mirosława Guzik, photography by Monika Grzelak
 

Mirosława Guzik left Poland in 1987 along with her husband and two daughters: 7-year-old Marta and 1-year-old Karolina. Her husband was the founder of Solidarność at the local Metalworks for which he was interned. It was the reason for the family’s decision to leave Poland.

In summer of 1987, they got to Yugoslavia, and from there to a refugee camp in Italy, where they spent almost 3 years waiting to be allowed to go to Canada.

In 1989, they found themselves in Toronto, where they are still living today. Mirosława learned English and got education - she’s a preschool teacher and simultaneously works at the St. Stanislaus Polish School, where she teaches the children of Polish emigrants. She tries to visit her home in Poland every two years.


Interview conducted by Joanna Gierak-Onoszko in July 2017 in Toronto.

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Husband's internment and making a decision to emigrate
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Triple attempt to cross the Polish border
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Tiny room in a bungalow
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Immigrants' work in Italy
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Deportation risk
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Joint decision about the destination of emigration
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Two sides to every story
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Overwhelming formalities
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