I am very pleased that this topic is being tackled by a contemporary film company, to raise awareness of this history amongst people in England. I looked at the Polish Culture website based in Bristol, which describes this show: http://www.polishculture.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=433&Itemid=34
While I do appreciate all that the Polish Culture team does to promote Polish culture in Bristol, I cringed at how this history was simplified and misrepresented: "1941 - Stalin released 1.5 million Polish citizens, captives in Siberia. They were told to make their way to Iran: a journey of some three and a half thousand miles."
Nobody was told to make their way to Iran (or Africa or Mexico or India). They were often not even released by Soviet camp commanders who still needed their slave labour. And those that did leave were not permitted to leave the USSR, but made their way south to warmer parts of the USSR where the Polish Army was forming. Many died on the way. The journey to Iran only came about in early 1942 as the Polish army's circumstances became so desperate after their Soviet rations were cut that General Anders managed to arrange for 115,000 soldiers and accompanying civilians to have a chance for survival by a massive evacuation to Iran.
I know that the history can be somewhat complicated, but surely we shouldn't let people be given the wrong information...
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Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Event of interest in Watford, England tonight
From: "Tony" <newsgroups2@...
Date: Sat, July 02, 2011 10:38 pm
'Chodzenie-Siberia' by 30 Bird
2 July, 8.30pm,
The High Street, Town Centre,
Watford WD17 1LQ,
FREE (no booking required)
Parked slap bang in the middle of the High Street, 'Chodzenie-Siberia' is a surprise encounter performed on and around a military truck. Floating four metres in the air, Mr & Mrs Novak tell us stories of a journey - a journey made by hundreds of thousands of migrating Polish captives of War from Siberia to Iran. Climb aboard and embark on a voyage of discovery.
30 Bird is a performance and live art company focused on site specific, inter- disciplinary work, creating unique experiences for audiences. The performances are supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.