Recently, Jagna wrote to us that:
> It is, therefore essential, that initiatives like this group and the AFO
> website (thank you Stefan and Steve!) took off, and that so many people took
> charge of bringing the odyssey to light. We strongly believe that if this
> story is validated by Western press and hopefully, later on, by Western
> historians, the whole understanding of Polish national identity might change
> for the better.
One of these initiatives you can easily participate in, as announced by Eve
Jankowicz several weeks ago, is the "Kresy-Siberia Memorial Wall" which we
will shortly be unveiling on our website after a lot of work by a dedicated
team of member volunteers.
The Memorial Wall will be a tribute to ALL victims of Soviet aggression,
both those who perished and those who survived.
I encourage all members to submit the names of their family and friends who
experienced the long and perilous passage through the USSR during the War
years. If you submit your names in the next few days, they are sure to be
to be inscribed on the Memorial Wall when it is unveiled shortly!
Please send your names to KSMemorialWall@...
and please follow the
criteria and submission guidelines listed below.
Criteria for inclusion on the Kresy-Siberia Memorial Wall are:
1. All those Polish citizens from the Kresy and adjoining areas who went
through Siberia/USSR from the Soviet invasion on 17 September 1939 until the
end of the War in Europe was declared on VE Day, 8 May 1945.
2. Those Polish citizens who were "rounded up" by the Soviets prior to the
deportations and were never seen again. In other words, those people whose
whereabouts or status was unknown.
3. Those Polish citizens who perished in transit to Siberia/USSR but never
reached it because they died. For example, some people died on the sleds en
route to the train station prior to deportation, yet others died on the
deportation transport trains.
4. If you have any doubt about a person's "eligibility" given the spirit of
the Memorial, please contact us for clarification.
Guidelines for Submission of Names to Memorial Wall:
A. Please put all the names in alphabetical order, sorted first by surname
and then by first name.
B. Skip a line between different surnames.
C. Put an asterisk (*) after the names of those who died during the war
period (17 September 1939 - 8 May 1945)
D. List each person, even if they have the same name as another person on
E. Include middle names, if desired. It is up to you.
F. Submit the name as it was at the time of deportation - this pertains
especially to girls and women. If single when deported, please use the
maiden name ("nazwisko z domu").
G. Include maiden names ('"nazwisko z domu") of women who were married
when deported, if you wish. It is up to you.
H. Decide whether to use "-ska" endings instead of "-ski" for the women.
(Please note if you choose to use -ska, these names will appear before
those with the -ski ending, following alphabetical order).
I. Please submit the first names in Polish. If you do not know the
Polish spelling of a name, please e-mail us for it at
J. Please do not use the Polish diacritical marks as they do not always
come through properly.
Helena Kasprzyk Kowalska