WE NEED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY'S STORY...
A group of us met at POSK, Hammersmith, London, UK on Saturday 25th June to discuss, amongst other things, which members would use our new KS (UK) camcorder and when to film `survivor testimonies' for the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum project (see www.kresy-siberia.org).
There was a good crowd of us present, some travelling a long distance from Manchester, Nottingham, Somerset and surrounding London areas: Liz Boden and husband Wojtek, Mirka Wojnar, Jurek Neisser, Merav Shub [a new member], Marek Lewcun, Helen Bitner, Tim and Linder Ladbrooke and Eva Szegidewicz.
We had loads of fun swapping stories, sharing information, in between good food/drink and lots of laughter. But, we did get down to some serious stuff as well. We realised that in order to comply with the `conditions' of the Senate grant we have to get 150+ `survivor testimonies' filmed by the end of the year! Then, more for next year. At the moment we have only 6 volunteers to do this and we need help from everyone, UK and worldwide! Soon these old folks will be gone forever, taking their `stories' with them. Once we have them, the `film' will be added to our `Hall of Testimonies' gallery on the Virtual Museum for all to see and learn from.
Many of us own a camcorder. PLEASE go and film a relative, friend, someone from your local Polish Club or Church group, anyone you know that is a `survivor' from Siberia. We can supply guidelines for you and the all-important copyright and consent forms.
In UK it would be helpful if you could contact either Eva Szegidewicz (eva.szegidewicz@...
) or Linder (ladbrooke@...
) and provide your name/how to contact you/who you can film and when - we can then keep a list and cross-off each person filmed.
If anyone wishes to use our K-S (UK) camcorder and can film a few folks, we can arrange that too. This is such a worthwhile project, not only to honour these people, but to remember what they had to do to survive, in order for us to even be born.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Linder and Eva