Eleven years of events can have a profound effect on an entire lifetime. The story of Stanisława Emilia (Emma) Krasowska Serbinski is told by her daughter, Barbara, tracing her mother's courageous and terrifying journey from the Soviet invasion of Poland, through Soviet prisons and her eventual release from a Siberian labor camp. The perilous journey continues through the deserts of the Middle East, Italy, and then eventually landing on the shores of Great Britain only to receive tragic information. The project, Letters from the Box in the Attic, a Story of Courage, Survival and Love is factually based on letters, documents and photographs discovered in her mother's attic. These letters represented the fabric and soul of a life well lived.
Historical perspective is preserved when placing her mother's letters and experiences into this narrative. Barbara Serbinski Sipe is a first generation Polish American from a refugee resettlement in Great Britain. Hearing stories growing up in an immigrant family ignited Barbara's love for history. Her personal memories are recounted throughout the book sharing images of love, sacrifice, conflict and gratitude.
Understanding why things happen and how they affect life are just as important as the events themselves. It is through historical accuracy and personal introspection that enable the stories to be told in this book.
Survival is the human spirit which came out of some of the most tragic events of World War II. What tragedies and suffering life brings profoundly affects a life forever.