By definition we can not know what "ulterior motives" anyone has. However, the criteria for membership are contained in the welcome message sent to all new members, which includes the following:
"Any person interested in research, remembrance and recognition of these tragic events is very welcome, regardless of ethnic or religious background, age, personal history, political persuasion, or country of residence. However, any membership is only by approval of the moderator, in order to ensure that group members all subscribe to the shared goals and mission and uphold group values."
"Members strive to avoid disparaging or offending other members - this is a friendly and supportive group with common goals rather than a debating society. We are all trying to learn from each other, not "score points". For this reason, members are also asked to avoid commenting on current politics that could cause dissension between members, especially those not on the topic of the history and fate of the deported Polish citizens. In addition, prejudicial remarks of a religious or racial nature will not be tolerated. The Group Moderator reserves the right to warn, suspend or remove members who are unable to respect these values."
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Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:10 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: POLL/K-S membership criteria
I totally agree with what Paul is suggesting but would like to have something clarified that has been troubling me for some time.
When I joined the K-S group about 3 years ago I had to submit my application to the moderator and clearly state my reasons for joining... i.e. a desire to find out about the Siberian deportations and how this impacted upon my mother and her family plus the possible psychological implications for her descendants. I was not until I agreed to uphold the Group values that my application was accepted, and I was welcomed/introduced to the Group.
Is this still the case or have the membership criteria become more lenient allowing people to join who have little or no interest in "research" or "remembrance" of the victims of the deportations, but may have ulterior motives for joining the K-S Group?
I apologise if I have misunderstood or perceived this matter wrongly.
With warmest regards,
Krystyna Dobrzanska - researching Starzak
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