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On the Road!
70th Anniversary of Polish Deportees Evacuation from USSR
At the start of World War II, over 1 million Polish citizens of Catholic, Jewish, Ukrainian and Belorussian ethnicities from eastern Poland were killed, repressed or deported to prisons, forced labour camps (GULAGS) and "special settlements" in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Soviet Asia. Hundreds of thousands were evacuated in April 1942 to join the Polish military in exile to fight Nazi Germany or to spend the war in civilian refugee camps in India, Africa, Mexico and elsewhere around the world.
After the war, with half of Poland handed over to the USSR with Allied consent and with the rest of Poland under Soviet occupation, they had no homes to return to and their stories were suppressed and denied. Yet they kept up their fight for freedom and survival in permanent exile in the West.
Meet with Australia-based Stefan Wisniowski, international President of Kresy-Siberia to:
- Commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Polish deportees escape from the USSR
- Meet exiled Survivors and their descendants to discuss their life experiences
- Hear about new exhibitions in the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum
- Learn how you can help to preserve and protect these important family histories.
Survivors, their families, and all interested in this little-known chapter of World War II history are invited. Families are asked to bring photographs and documents to be scanned and preserved in the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum www.Kresy-Siberia.org.
Survivors are also sought to record their testimonies for future generations.
Date: Saturday, 28 April 2012, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Dinner: "Host Family Style" Polish banquet menu, at personal cost
Venue: White Eagle Restaurant, 6839 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL 60714