I'm sure that Ewa will also reply to you, and so I will keep my email short.
EVERYONE that you have mentioned should go on the Memorial. Friends,
relations, neighbours, aquaintances - regardless of race, religion,
occupation (ie. soldier or civilian) or gender. We have tried not to be
'exclusive' about the names. The Memorial is for all who were Polish
Citizens and suffered deportation at the hands of the Soviets between the
dates of the outbreak of WWII and its end.
Hope this helps,
>From: "chrisgladun" <chrisgladun@...>
>Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Kresy Siberia Wall Criteria for Inclusion
>Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 20:36:34 -0000
>Indeed the Wall is a long-awaited and moving tribute to all those who
>suffered under Soviet genocide. Thank you very much to all involved
>in setting this up. Perhaps you can also help me re some defintions
>and rules that are bothering me.
>As I am preparing names for submission, I keep running across
>problems of events, dates, and people that refuse to submit to a one-
>size fits all criteria of elligebility that is based on a
>Polishhistory of censored pages sustained with Communist lies--and
>framed by Western indifference and ignorance, which I still find hard
>to get beyond.
>The time periods, including Sept 17 to May 8, 1945 can cause
>confusion. For instance much of my family was deported in April 1940
>but the survivors could return only in 1946 (and other Poles were
>allowed to come home finally in the 50's--including exiles who had
>been taken before 1939 and in a few cases after 1945. I assume all
>the above-mentioned are elligible for the Wall, even though strictly
>speaking they don't meet the time frame--but fill other criteria. My
>grandfather finally succumb to heart/kidney failure in 1948, which
>were aggravated by forced labour and conditions in the camps etc. I
>feel his name belongs. And my father's classmates from the Kresy at
>Kozielsk and who lie at Katyn are also eligible, and rightly so. My
>mother met many people from the Kresy in Soviet prisons and the Gulag
>which she writes about giving names and details, though often their
>fate is unkown These victims must be honoured, not to mention having
>their names made known for loved ones searching for them.
>In 1937-1938, Stalin's Terror arrested 135,000 Poles in the USSR
>during the "Polish operation" phase aimed at Poles and minorities.
>Between 54,000 and 67,000 were shot and the rest sent to camps or
>Kazakhstan.The Soviets tried to erase their names forever, but surely
>there are relatives who remember. The Soviets deported tens of
>thousands thousands of miners, workers etc into the 1950's from the
>Kresy to the USSR as well as countless "nationalists." Some 300,000
>Poles were killed in the postwar imposition of Soviet-rule in Poland.
>Can I submit names of all relatives--even distant ones--from the
>Kresy who meet the crucial guidelines? What of friends of the family,
>including those whose acquaintance was made in exile or even later in
>Poland, the USA or Canada? What of fellow-soldiers and underground
>members who were killed by the Soviets? Or even people from the Kresy
>who my family met briefly but who can be documented such as fellow-
>students, parishoners, comrades-in-arms? Or whom I have met in my
>I hop I didn't muddy the waters too much!
>Chris Gladun, Toronto, Canada
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