Re: [Kresy-Siberia] The State of the World
Dear Kresy-Siberia members,
These are momentuous times indeed. Nobody would disagree that the war between the US-UK coalition and Iraq is a critical event in the history of our times.
Our group has some link to current events. It is a supportive community of common interest, forged in the tragedy of an earlier war. What unites us are the scars of personal or family suffering brought on by the German and Soviet war on Poland. Many of us or our families went through the Middle East on their one-way journey of exile, and those who did have warm memories of the humanity and the hospitality of the local peoples. Those of you who know me somewhat would suspect that I would have strong personal views about the current events.
However, as a member of this group, I have chosen not to post these views to the group forum. As group moderator, I would ask us to remember the specific purpose of this group, which is to focus on the events of that previous war, six decades ago. Because our group values emphasise our supportive nature, they ask us to avoid commenting on current politics that could cause dissension between members, especially those not on the topic of the history and fate of the deported Polish citizens.
I reprint the values below, and ask us to continue upholding them for the benefit of the group.
MISSION & GOALS: Research + Remembrance + Recognition
BACKGROUND: The Kresy-Siberia Group brings into contact people from countries around the world with a special interest in the tragedy of over 1 million Polish citizens of various faiths and ethnicities from eastern Poland (the "Kresy", or Borderlands) in 1940-41 who were killed, repressed or deported to prisons, forced labour camps (GULAGs) and "special resettlements" in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Soviet Asia.
With this group we hope to bring together surviving deportees and their descendants with other interested people to remember, learn, discover and spread the word of their ordeal to the world and to future generations. If we can play even a small role in that effort, it will have been an important achievement.
GROUP MEMBERSHIP: Any person interested in research, remembrance and recognition of these tragic events is very welcome, regardless of ethnic or religious background, age, personal history, political persuasion, or country of residence. However, any membership is only by approval of the moderator, in order to ensure that group members all subscribe to the shared goals and mission and uphold group values.
UPHOLD GROUP VALUES: members strive to avoid disparaging or offending other members - this is a friendly and supportive group with common goals rather than a debating society. We are all trying to learn from each other, not "score points". For this reason, members are also asked to avoid commenting on current politics that could cause dissension between members, especially those not on the topic of the history and fate of the deported Polish citizens. In addition, prejudicial remarks of a religious or racial nature will not be tolerated. The Group Moderator reserves the right to warn, suspend or remove members who are unable to respect these values.