Polish Ambassador to honour Diane Armstrong

August 30, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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Best-selling novelist Diane Armstrong is to be the guest of honour at a function at the Polish Embassy in Canberra marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Ambassador Andrzej Jaroszynski read Armstrong’s latest book ‘Nocturne’ and has described it as “the first book on Poland and World War II written in English with heart, knowledge and imagination”.

Diane Armstrong

Diane Armstrong

Armstrong was born in Krakow, emigrating to Australia from Poland in 1948.   In the book, which is set in Warsaw and London, she deals with wartime betrayal on the international arena highlighting the political betrayal of Poland by its Allies. Armsrong believes llittle has changed today.

She told J-Wire: ” Receiving this tribute from the Polish Embassy feels as though the wheel of my life has turned full circle. I survived the Holocaust thanks to a Catholic priest who refused let the villagers turn us over to the Nazis.”

She added: “I wrote Nocturne to explore Poland’s tragic wartime experiences and to tell the story of the heroic people of Warsaw.”

Diane Armstrong has published four books. Her second book, Journey of Their Life, has been reprinted eleven times, Mosaic has been published in the United States and Winter Journey has been translated into Polish and Hebrew.

Armstrong will also address the National Press Club following the Embassy tribute on September 9.

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