- Hi Basia Thank you for your kind words, You are most welcome, perhaps my secret is being a public servant for 22 years and doing copious amounts of filing,Message 1 of 5 , Jul 5, 2012View Source
Thank you for your kind words, You are most welcome, perhaps my secret is being a public servant for 22 years and doing copious amounts of filing, sorting and locating of people and history. I enjoy providing this information and if it assists another member than my joy is doubled. For every memory there has to be paperwork or record of truth and the scary part is when the memory, story or hearsay becomes fact and there is proof in writing. For some it is vindication that it is not myth or legend or fantasy and for others it is the realisation of the suffering of their family and others, giving them a heavy cross to carry.
Our people were heroes and we, their children can hold our heads up, walk straight and tall, knowing we carry their blood in our veins and give honour to their memory. We will always be the plains people, the people of Polonia, Poland and the descendants of Lech.
All our people ever wanted to do (we were at fault for being too diplomatic) was live in peace and work on the land that we owned. But when it came to protecting our own, our men and women where the fiercest, bravest, best fighters in all of Europe, if you do not believe this, go back into history.
We have a quietness about us, a warmness to help others, with great strength when needed and a very passionate sense of joy and justice, showing this openly through our culture. We are a rare breed of people.
I marvel at your research abilities. I have been reading all your posts and am so appreciative of your efforts. I am still very emotional about finding so much information about my father.
I have needed time to process all the information.
I will be writing in a week or so to other marvellous members who have offered to help me fill in the gaps. I am in the midst of teaching art workshops to young children (school holidays)
Thank you again!
Basia Zielinska Sydney Austrlia
Mark, I do recall seeing archive photo of Time Magazine with Stalin photo on front. http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=time%20magazine%20stalin%201942&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.time.com%2Ftime%2Fcovers%2F0%2C16641%2C19430104%2C00.html&ei=zOL0T6mjJYyWiQe9q_D7Bg&usg=AFQjCNGPop5uR9ZmiKB4--bky2e3Pd6uew&cad=rja and this is the article from their best and worst section .
On the death of Lenin in 1924, Joseph Stalin took control of the Soviet Union, instituting policies of nationalization and agricultural collectivization that fomented civil war and famine as well as cultivating a cult of personality. TIME described this public worship: "Joseph Stalin has gone a long way toward deifying himself while alive. No flattery is too transparent, no compliment too broad for him. He became the fountain of all Socialist wisdom" (1/1/40).
Stalin established a reign of terror that included mass arrests, executions and deportations. He also rallied his troops to beat back a German invasion in some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II. At his death on March 1, 1953, there was a mass outpouring of grief; at a 1956 Party Congress, successor Nikita Khrushchev denounced him as a murderer. Stalin was twice TIME's Man of the Year, for 1939 and 1942.
Researched by Joan Levinstein, the Time Inc. Research Center
Amazing what you can find if you sift through all the stories. You are so correct about the ignorance of the West, just like the Automobile Manufacturing in Russia and all their false promises, until the Americans wanted to go home, then they found out the truth of Russian, but from memory, America thought they were expendible, having gone there of their own choice.
Funny reading on that link about Stalin being Man of the Year in Time magazine 1942. The magazine likened his NKVD to the FBI. Thats shows what the west knew at the time
From: Lenarda Szymczak <szymczak01@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 8:17:19 PM
Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Who was there? Just about everyone (Anders Army). British Forces - Palestine
Very informative, showing all regiments and divisions from various countries
When Germany attacked Russia in June 1941 many Poles who had been imprisoned by the Russians were released and joined a Polish army under General Anders. Relations with Russia soured and thousands of combatants and their families evacuated to the Middle East and joined the British Forces. The group also included a number of Polish children and 1,000 Jewish orphans who became known as the Children of Tehran. On arrival in Palestine, most of the 4,000 Jewish soldiers (including Begin) deserted. At the end of the war Polish soldiers were given the option of returning home to a country occupied by communists or signing on for 5 years in the British Army and being granted citizenship. Many chose to remain, some serving in Palestine.
"Zigi was built like the side of a house. However he got into the driver's compartment of a tank used to worry me. Apparently all his family had been destroyed by the Nazis in Poland and Zigi to all intents and purposes when he was normally working had forgotten about this. It used to come back and hit him when he'd been drinking and one night he was in such a state, and he was so strong, it took about six of us to hold him down while we sent for the MO to give him a jab to put him out. The next morning he was as right as rain."