Welcome Rafal Drwiega to the group.
While we have many members with ties to the Polish Army under General Anders
and the Polish-Government in Exile in London, it is good to have some
members whose families left Soviet Russia as members of General Berling's
"Kosciuszko Division" under the Red Army, that went on the conquer Berlin.
As you know, we have no barriers against race, nationality, language,
religion and political orientation to membership in the group. However, as
a historical curiosity, some of our Polish-speaking members may be intrigued
by your e-mail address and wonder if you are also involved in historical
re-enactments of the PZPR ("Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza)" or Polish
United Workers Party?
For those who do not know, this party was established in Warsaw in 1948 and
went on to dominate the Polish Communist government until the 1989 Round
Table and democratic elections led to its defeat by Solidarity and its
dissolution in 1990.
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 20:18:33 EDT
Subject: Re: Kresy-Siberia Group
My name is Rafal Drwiega and I was born in Poland, but for the last 12 years
I've been living in US (Chicago) I would like to join discussion group
because topic of Soviet deportations is very interesting and many aspects of
it are still unknown and waiting for reveling true. I'm also interested in
this topic more on a personal level because my grandfather, Edward Drwiega,
was captured by Soviets in 1940 while crossing German-Soviet border, he was
eventually sent to Workuta where he spent 4 years before being released
for....joining Polish People's Army! Once reaching Lublin he deserted and
was hiding for some time before getting job on the railway. He retired in
1978 and he is still alive and lives near Krakow.
Besides my interests in History of Poland and my family I'm also involved
into reenactment. Currently I'm portraying Polish paratrooper from gen.
Sosabowski's brigade, but I also have complete uniforms of 1st armor
division and 2nd Corp. Currently with my friends we are working on
reconstructing/reenacting Warsaw Uprising from 1944. Plans are very
ambitious and we have Polish National Allience, OK to use their camp ground
near Chicago to built small city. Our even will be open to the public, if
you are interested I can furnish you with more details in the near future.