Dear Group, Some details about obtaining the Siberian Cross: As most of us know, this is a “new” award in as it was only instigated a few years ago now,Message 1 of 142 , Jul 14, 2005View Source
Some details about obtaining the Siberian Cross:
As most of us know, this is a “new” award in as it was only instigated a few years ago now, and there did seem to be conflicting advice available about how, who, what, etc needs to be done, etc………
I had a free morning whilst in London about a month ago and I decided to find some things out and try to get my own application on behalf of my father going.
Originally, I went to the Polish Embassy in Great Portland Street, and they passed me to an attaché in the Polish Department of Defence within the building. He made me most welcome and listened to my father’s story and the request for information about applying for the award.
Although he knew what I was talking about, he informed me that it was neither of those two government bodies that could assist, but that this was to be done through the Polish Consulate. For people living in the UK, the person to apply to and the contact address and telephone numbers are as below and are current and correct:-
Tel: 0870 7742 804 (direct line) or 0207 291 3900
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom
73 New Cavendish Street
London W1W 6LS.
Up until that morning I had no proof that my father ever was in Siberia, but just by extreme coincidence that morning I received a letter back from the Russian Red Cross, via the British Red Cross with “some” details of the events of 65 years ago, what my father went through, and to the fate of some of my uncles and my grandmother. I had this letter with me and the Embassy faxed this through to the Consulate who replied that this letter was sufficient evidence to support the application for the cross.
So there are 2 facts for us all to take as “kosher” when considering the application.
The third fact is personally a little harder to “take on the chin”. It can only be made by or on behalf of currently living survivors 2002 onward. I had heard versions that said this was the case and also ones that said it could be done by next of kin of the Siberian survivors regardless. I got this fact “from the horse’s mouth”, so fact it is!
Sadly my father passed away in 1987 and this I verified to Mr.Truszkowski today on the telephone. As such, my father does not qualify under the current regulations, and so ends the application.
Something comes out of it however: at least now there are a few more facts together about how to do it and what qualifies, plus correct contact information.
I wish whoever intends to apply for this award of recognition success with their application.
My very best regards,
P.S. I enquired as to whom to write to to debate the ethics of this policy toward bestowment and was informed that this needs to be done through parliament in Poland. So be it – a principle is at stake here - I am prepared to take this debate onward and upward for the memory of the ones it should also be relevant to too.
Sorry about the slip of the finger on the previous unfinished message. What I wanted to say was that we didn t have to prove that my late husband did notMessage 142 of 142 , Feb 23, 2012View SourceSorry about the slip of the finger on the previous unfinished message. What I wanted to say was that we didn't have to prove that my late husband did not renounce his Polish citizenship. I received notification about a year after he died. I'll post some photos when I return home after the WDYTYA exhibition.