God of Hunger
As a consequence of this experience the city of Hamburg was singled out for
new tactics. Many more incendiary bombs than high explosive bombs were
used. High density, working class, areas were targeted and the concentration of
effort led, as required, to the destruction of Hamburg, by Fire Storm. Forty
three thousand civilians (as many as R.A.F. Bomber Command personnel lost
in the war) were killed. And in what the Germans call, Die Katstrophe, the
bombing of Dresden on 13 February 1945, killed 135,000.
'Gomorrah' was a reprisal, in part, for the bombing, by the Luftwaffe of urban
targets - most infamously Coventry where 380 died and the 13,339 killed
during the Blitz on London, in September and October 1940.
Marisha was more interested in quashing the allegation that Churchill had
ordered the murder of Sikorski.
The self-exiled prime minister of Poland was no stranger to Marisha. She had
long completed a Masters thesis which was based on the General’s diary which
had been given to her in Poland by his last surviving relative.
The old lady and Marisha shared the same apartment in Wroclaw formerly,
Breslau, shared too by Janka, Basha and Marta; mother and her two daughters.
All the women crammed into the two roomed space they called home were
variously displaced persons.
Marisha and the old lady directly from the east and the threesome, from the
west, rare returnees from Tanganyika via Britain.
It was they who had introduced Jozef to Marisha; rather they gave Marisha
Jozef’s address for when next she was in London where she needed to be, in
research of British archives relevant to her doctoral thesis on which she had
embarked with the vigour of an ambitious careerist.
Her entire being was geared to the cause. Poland’s cause. The Party’s cause. It
was the Party to which she owed everything. Her education. Her salary. Her
permission to travel. To London. To the archives. That is what she lived for.
The contents of official files. Researching the relationship between Poland and
Great Britain, now so crucial with the renaissance of revisionism in Adenauer’s
Germany and with the stirrings of yet another anti-Soviet revolt in Poland. She
had to proceed with care as the political ground within which her career was
rooted again felt uneven; the Party line again began to shift like a continental
plate; East or West?
Attuned to the vibration of these potent shifts, she looked in the direction of the