Anna P. you are simply amazing, so much good work, so you and Stefan are on a working holiday collecting information and records for KS. We could not haveMessage 1 of 3 , Sep 19View Source
Anna P. you are simply amazing, so much good work, so you and Stefan are on a working holiday collecting information and records for KS. We could not have better ambassadors for KS thank you.
When you get back to Sydney, if I can work at home, will gladly assist you with Excel and data processing of the lists. Little rusty but suppose its like swimming, you never forget.
Keep safe all of you
This is an update on our travels in Poland and the work that we have been doing for the Kresy-Siberia Foundation and the follow-up work now needed.
1) In Wroclaw Stefan and I met with President Szczepan Siekierka of the Wroclaw Memorial Association for the victims of the Ukrainian and Nationalist Crimes. Please see their website:
Mr Siekierka and his grandson Tomasz Drop work tirelessly to document the victims of the UPA massacres in Wolyn (and the rest of Eastern Poland), publishing books and periodicals. They have also collected the written testimonials of over 20,000 survivors. We purchased a complete set of the victims (by province) and these will be stored in the Kresy-Siberia office in Warsaw. Mr Siekierka has also agreed to share with us the names of the victims collected to date (over 45,000). This will be in a digital format and we will add all of these names to our KSVM "Wall of Names" section... this requires some work transferring the digital names to an excel file so that our I.T. company can then load the names onto our server. We are all working at full capacity on work for the Foundation and we would hugely appreciate any help with this. If anybody has some time to spare and has a basic working knowledge of excel please let me know! Thank you.
2) Meeting with Director of 'Osrodek Pamiec i Przysztosc' in Wroclaw (translates to Memory and Future Organisation). This historical and academic institution prepares materials and exhibitions relating to the history and future of Polish citizens in Wroclaw. With a very large percentage of those citizens forcibly "repatriated" from Kresy to Wroclaw in 1946, there is a strong cross-over in our areas of interest. The institution has 40 oral histories (fully transcribed) in addition to 70 written testimonies from the Wroclaw Sybirak Association. It was agreed that Kresy-Siberia will collaborate with 'Osrodek Pamiec i Przsztocs'. A museum will be opened in 2016 (for Wroclaw will be European City of Culture) and we could prepare a joint exhibition and also digitize the existing testimonies of Polish citizens from Kresy. Again, this will require time and effort to follow-up on these opportunities. If anybody is interested in helping with this collaboration and helping to digitize the oral and written testimonies please let me know.
3) We also met with the Historical Director from the Polish Navy Museum in Gydnia as we are keen to document the Polish Navy 1939-1948 as part of our 'Polish Forces in the West' Gallery on the virtual museum. Over 800 of the naval recruits (out of a small Polish Navy of around 3,000 personnel) came via exile in the USSR. We have at least 5 members (including myself) whose father's served in the Polish Navy following escape to Persia with Anders Army. The Director, Commander Walter Pater was very enthusiastic about collaborating with Kresy-Siberia. In addition to a possible joint exhibition on ORP Orzel the Museum will also share with us the list of all the Polish Navy personnel 1939-1948 (including the PWSK). Again, if anybody is able and willing to help with this (the names need to be converted to excel in order for our I.T. company to upload to the Wall of Names) then please let me know.
There are many more meetings planned with Aneta Hoffman here in Warsaw over the next two weeks and we will let you know of any interesting outcomes. Many thanks to Aneta for organizing a wonderful Kresy-Siberia "salon" evening at Smolna 14 in Warsaw last night, following the commemorative event of the 17th September at the Sybirak Monument - I will post photographs on the Kresy-Siberia Facebook page today.
From Sydney, Australia
Currently in Warsaw