Are you only looking at those who stayed in Great Britain? My mother came
to England in 1948, and after marrying my father (also a Pole, but from
Central Poland), moved to Canada in 1951.
The Polish culture was very steadfastly preserved during the war years in
the Valivade Refugee camp in India, where my mother lived from 1943 to
1948. In light of the terrible struggle going on in their homeland, the
refugees saw themselves and special protectors of that culture. After the
war, when My parents settled in Canada and my sister and I were born, my
mother spoke the language to us, had us baptized and took us to church,
though not always a Polish church because the Polish parish was not close
to where we lived. She taught us Polish prayers (some of which I only know
in Polish to this day) and kept the Christmas and Easter traditions. She
taught her values to us, perhaps sometimes not entirely consciously. The
traditions and language and values were part of her and she naturally pa
ssed them on to us. She also cooked many Polish dishes and does to this
day, although she has modified some of them to suit a more healthy life
I hope that provides some material for you. Feel free to e-mail me
directly if I can be of any more help.
From: "Lisa Blenkinsop" <lisablenkinsop@...
My name is Lisa Blenkinsop and I am a research student at Lancaster
University, England. My research is focused on Polish women who came to
Great Britain during or shortly after the Second World War. I am
particularly interested in how Polishness (language, culture, customs,
religion, traditions) was maintained by transmission from mother to
daughter. The experience of Polish women, especially in Great Britain
appears to be virtually invisible - my research recognizes and makes clear
I hope my note is what was expected.