Beautiful. Another small step for Polish-kind and tiny recognition for all our babcia's
Well done, thank you Joan.
From: J Eddis [mailto:eddis_top@...
Sent: 7 marca 2005 21:42
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Cdn Radio features Polish deportees
The Canadian granddaughter of a Polish woman deported to the USSR in the
early forties with her children gave a long featured interview (aired Monday
March 7) to Sheilagh Rogers, host of a national morning radio show on the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "Sounds Like Canada".
Helen (Bajorek) MacDonald, of Oshawa, Ontario, told the story of her
grandmother and filled in details about "the other Polish holocaust" of over
a million ethnic Poles (mainly Roman Catholics like her grandmother)
arrested for no reason and shipped to the Soviet Union for slave labour.
MacDonald did not dwell on her grandmother’s suffering but recalled both the
Post-traumatic Stress suffered by her Babcia as well as the impact of her
“I remember you –– Victoria Rosalia Kotowicz Bajorek, survivor of the
many hands of oppression. I tell my children about you, about your strength
and your courage during those difficult years in the Siberian labour camp. I
tell them we are all here, alive, free and much loved because of your will
to live, to be free and to love.”
Her Babcia's photo is being prominently displayed in an exhibit running
until April 17 at the Joseph Carrier Gallery in North York (Toronto). The
display, called "Legacies Of The Future", is by Gina Valle, the author of
"Our Grandmothers, Ourselves". The book, published by Raincoast, tells the
stories of 24 strong, wise immigrant women from many countries who are also
honoured by the exhibit.
Questions may be directed to: hel.mac@...
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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