It gives me great pleasure and honour to welcome Jagna Wright to the list.
As you may already know, together with Aneta Naszynska, Jagna produced a
very moving TV documentary in English called "A Forgotten Odyssey".
If you haven't been to the www.AForgottenOdyssey.com website yet, following
is the summary of the film - which is being taken to the Cannes Film
Festival next week!
> "A Forgotten Odyssey" is the story - as told by the survivors - of what
> happened after the Soviet invasion of Poland on 17 September 1939 under the
> Nazi-Soviet Friendship Treaty.
> These are the stories of the survivors of the forced Soviet annexation of
> eastern Poland, when entire towns and communities were brutally deported to
> Siberia and Kazakhstan to Soviet forced labour camps. By the time the Nazis
> attacked their Soviet allies in 1941, perhaps half of the labour camp inmates
> had died from disease, starvation, and the harsh labour conditions.
> Because the Soviets were brought into the anti-Nazi Alliance, the remaining
> survivors were given an amnesty and many made their way across the vast and
> foreboding Soviet landscape to join the freed Polish Army being formed in the
> south. This army became a key element of the Allied forces in the European
> South-East, and was evacuated though Iran to join the battle with the Nazis in
> Africa and Italy.
> However, despite the defeat of the Nazis, Poland's Soviet enemies ended the
> war on the side of the victors. The 110,000 citizens and soldiers who had
> escaped from Soviet Russia went on to be refugees from a pre-war Poland who
> could never return home to their former homeland, which was left in Soviet
> Communist hands after the war.
> Their Forgotten Odyssey never reached its destination, and they remained a
> people in exile throughout the world.