Dear Antoni, and everyone, Thank you for your kind words. Can I just point out that I didn t live on any of the camps and was born ten years after Hus Bos wasMessage 1 of 3 , Oct 30, 2006View SourceDear Antoni, and everyone,Thank you for your kind words.Can I just point out that I didn't live on any of the camps and was born ten years after Hus Bos was shut down. I'm coming to this history as someone who has heard her relatives talk about these places with the greatest of fondness. When I finally had the opportunity to visit the remains of the oboz, stand in the barrack that my parents and sister called home, see the remains of the church, talk to local people who remember this community, then I felt very strongly that this history had to be preserved - and not just because it the story of how my parents began life anew (after surviving the deportations and WW2). Here are the origins of the Polonia in the UK that I then grew up in - the clubs, the churches, the different organisations, the schools, Harcerstwo. This post-war history touches all of us, and its physicality is fast disappearing, because the National Assistance Board housed the refugees and their families on military bases that are now obsolete. There are no protection orders on the airfields, nor the outlying buildings. Hus Bos aerodrome has survived, to some extent, because it is home to the Coventry Gliding Club. Numerous outbuildings are standing, because local people have utilised them: the old church is a stable for horses, my parents barrack was a pigsty, the parachute-packers building is now a garage... I have flown over Hus Bos by glider and, for the reasons listed above, it is still possible to clearly see the footprint of the whole site. It's quite a rarity. As mentioned previously, other camps such as Lubbenham have completely disappeared.I hope to continue recording the history of this camp for as long as there are people who want to share their memories. Although it is run-down and overgrown, there is something quite magical about the place.Serdeczne pozdrowienia,Halina-----Original Message-----
From: ANTONI KAZIMIERSKI [mailto:askazimierski@...]
Sent: 29 October 2006 10:28
Subject: Melton Mowbrey CampDear Halina,What an achievement and dedication in establishing your web and the description of life and history of this famous camp where you grew up.CONGRATULATIONS!I've just had a chance to look at some of it and marvel that you were able to collect so much memorable information about the life of Polish people. Your links to other camps are also important to all of us as we too had families there.antoni530
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