HI all! We just received the latest issue of the bulletin of the Association of Poles in India 1942 - 1948. Besides a lot of good reading about the reunion ofMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 10 9:27 AMView Source
We just received the latest issue of the bulletin of the Association of Poles in India 1942 – 1948. Besides a lot of good reading about the reunion of the Association held in Naleczow at the end of May this year, there were a couple of articles I thought I would share with the K-S group (see the end of the e-mail for the link. Try it more than once if it does not work the first time). The first is an announcement of the Rada Ochrony Pamieci Walk i Meczenstwa (loosely translated, The Council for Protection of the Memory of Battles and Martyrdom) regarding an official pilgrimage that they are planning to the war cemeteries in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the spring of 2007. It is very important to them to encourage participation of individuals and families of those buried in the selected cemeteries they plan to visit. I have attached the original Polish version of the article, as well as a translation into English. The article is very interesting in that it provides information originating with the Polish Institute and General Sikorski Museum in London, about the cemeteries, which have been recently renovated, and various details about them. A map is included. The ROPWiM is encouraging all those interested in accompanying them on this pilgrimage to contact them as soon as possible.
I have also included, for the benefit of the Polish speakers among us, especially those among us who are survivors of Russian “hospitality”, an absolutely wonderful poem called “Oda do Glodu” (Ode to Hunger). This poem speaks to hunger, who, in those times in the U.S.S.R., was a constant companion to the author. I have included an approximate translation of the poem into English, though it loses some of its effect because the original is written in rhyming verse.
A word about the author, the poem was written by Czeslaw Lichodziejowski, a survivor of the deportations and a former orphan from Jamnagar-Balachadi, India. Mr. Lichodziejowski is a exemplar of the spirit of a survivor. I met him at the reunion of the Poles in India 1942 1948 this past summer. Apparently, two years ago he was so ill that he was in a wheel chair. However this year, he not only attended the reunion with his wife but was also part of the group that traveled to Ukraine. He did this on his own two feet, and even I had trouble keeping up with him!
Barrie ON Canada