Re: [Kresy-Siberia] ASSOCIATION OF FORMERLY DEPORTED TO SIBERIA?
Thanks for posting the medal at http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/kresy-siberia/vwp?.dir=/&.src=gr&.dnm=Sybir+Association-circa+1998.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/kresy-siberia/lst%3f%26.dir=/%26.src=gr%26.view=t
I have attached it to this e-mail for our Yahoo-challenged members.
Looking at this, I recognise the Zwiazek Sybiraków symbol.
This organisation is headquartered in Warszawa in Poland, and groups the perhaps 100,000 remaining survivors of the deportations still alive in Poland. I understand that this organisation was revived after the 1989 liberation of Poland, and was originally around in the early 1900's as a grouping of Polish deportees from the Russian Tsarist Empire days.
There are also independent "Zwiazek Sybiraków" groups in most western countries, such as Canada, the US, New Zealand and Australia (oddly I have not heard of a UK group by that name). They also use the same symbol, but as far as I know, their objectives, activities and organisation structures are not coordinated with those of the "homeland" organisation". I have copied this message to 3 presidents (NZ, Canada and Australia) of the ZW in their countries for their additional commentary.
I would have to add that the "Association of Deportees to Siberia" has not been very successful in attracting the descendants of the original survivors - which, if not addressed, will spell its disappearance in the next few years (much as the SPK Polish Combatants Associations from WW2 have been winding up their branches as their last members die).
Should the ZS be revitalised with new objectives and new blood? Should there be any links between the families of the deported in the West and in Poland?
What do members think...?
From: "Stefan Mucha" <stefan@...>
Anybody know anything more about the 'ASSOCIATION OF FORMERLY DEPORTED TO SIBERIA' than the outline given in the text below?