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Kresy Siberia Foundation

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Research, remembrance and recognition of Polish citizens struggles in eastern Poland and in forced exile during World War 2

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Warsaw, MZ 00-322
Poland
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About Kresy Siberia Foundation

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum is presented by the Kresy Siberia Foundation, based in Poland and many countries around the world. We began as an internet discussion forum known as the Kresy-Siberia Group, founded on the 17th of September 2001 with the aim of “researching, remembering and recognizing the Polish citizens deported, enslaved and killed by the Soviet Union during World War Two.”The majority of our original members were the children of Second World War survivors of the Soviet occupation of Poland’s eastern Borderlands (the Kresy) now living in the West. Upon reaching middle age, this Second Generation finally acquired the wisdom to seek to understand what their elders had lived through. A good number of the original members were also survivors themselves, providing a much needed “eye witness” view of the war, having been deported into the depths of the Soviet Union and survived.It is important to note, and central to the Kresy-Siberia philosophy, that the group has always been multi-ethnic and multi-religious. Poland prior to World War II was a multicultural mix and our group has chosen to reflect this value. We pride ourselves on joining the younger and the older generations, Poles in the emigration with those in the country, and the Polish citizens of the Polish 2nd republic between 1919 and 1939 of all national and religious groups.As time went on, our group undertook a number of specific aims. First and foremost the younger members (children and grandchildren) had to educate themselves about the Kresy provinces and the fate of their relatives. Both in the West and in Communist Poland, this aspect of the war was not taught, and in many families was not even discussed. As a result, few of the Second Generation even knew of their own family history.Beyond that, group members began a search for archival information scattered in poorly accessible archives around the world as well as in the hands of the post-war Polish Diaspora themselves. We researched life in the Kresy prior to the war, the fate of its citizens during the war, and their destinies after the war. In time, the group amassed, digitized and downloaded thousands of photographs, documents and memoirs to its website, and formed close contacts with many of the Polish archives and museums around the world.By 2008, our collection of websites began to reach capacity. Membership had grown to more than 700 in over 20 countries, and growth began to increase more rapidly as word of the group spread. A decision was made to create the Kresy-Siberia Foundation in order to organise our collections into a Virtual Museum and to better support our world-wide activities. The Foundation was registered as a charitable organization in Warsaw, Poland and affiliated not-for-profit groups set up in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain, the United States.The Foundation is truly bilingual, with many native English-language speakers of Polish heritage providing a most important focus on educating the Western world, joined with native Polish-speakers furthering the important education and commemoration work of the Foundation in Poland itself. Our membership today includes not just the survivors and their children and grandchildren but also experts in Polish history, archivists and politicians. An important component of the Foundation and its virtual museum project is the support and endorsement it receives from key public figures. Its Honorary Patrons are Bogdan Borusiewicz, Speaker of the Senate of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, Head of Poland’s Office of War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. Two of its founding Honorary Patrons were the late Ryszard Kaczorowski, last president of the Polish Government-in-Exile, and the late Janusz Krupski, Head of Poland’s Office of War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. It has two honorary chaplains: Father Lucjan Królikowski, who personally brought a shipload of Polish orphans from Africa to freedom in Canada, and Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland.At the core of the Foundation, the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum not only preserves the group’s collections, but also includes the collections and scholarly works of many individual historians, active research institutes and archives around the world. It provides a very accessible window into this poorly known history and a base from which educational programs can be developed.Important institutions who have agreed to partner with the Kresy-Siberia Foundation and to share their collections include the Hoover Institution (Stanford), the Pilsudski Institutes (London and New York), the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum (London), the Museum of Polish History (Warsaw), the Polish Military Museum (Bialystok), and organizations such as the Association of Borderland Settlers (Warsaw and London) and the Polish Combatants Association (England, Canada and New Zealand).With the launch of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum on the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of 17 September 1939, we marked the start of a new chapter in the history of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation. Since then, we have continued in a building phase, collecting the testimonies and documents of the youngest survivors while they are still with us.We need and welcome your support and your contributions, your time, your talents, and your financial support in order to complete this work that has become our passion – to honour the Polish citizens who so heroically struggled for freedom and for life itself in the eastern Borderlands and in exile outside their beloved Poland during the Second World War.

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