Permission to Depart’ is an account of the author’s family departures and journeys as recounted to and experienced by a boy over a period of 18 years. The family journeys span Imperial Russia, Ceylon, The Russian Revolution, Free City of Danzig (Gdansk), World War II, escape to Western Germany and survival, five years in Displaced Persons Camps, migration dilemma and acceptance by Australia. Then came two years in Australian migrant camps, separation and finally citizenship when the family became New Australians.
The book is profusely illustrated with many hundreds of photographs, various documents, extracts and maps to illustrate the periods of peace, war and departures.
This is an account of how world events touched the author’s family, uprooted their lives and how chance was the determining factor for their journeys.
The book has been superbly produced and is a riveting, fascinating, hard to put down account of how one family survived the greatest upheaval in modern history. The book is a rare gem with its well written account of life during Word War II, subsequent journeys as refugees, and finally, new life in Australia. It is a book that Kainos Books is extremely proud to be associated with, and which we highly recommend.
About the author
The author, Nikita Iljin was born in 1935 in Danzig (Gdansk), a free city state, and independent of Germany and Poland. He currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Buy the book for more details of his fascinating life.