Nov 26, 2018

Participate in Bonus Day on Giving Tuesday 27 Nov.

1. Get your donation topped up - only on 27 Nov.
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Dear Kresy-Siberia supporter,

Thank you for your generous past donations to support our mission, dedicated to researching, remembering and recognizing Poland's citizens fighting for survival and freedom in eastern Poland’s “Kresy” and in forced exile during World War II.

As you complete your charity donations for 2018 (tax-deductible in UK and USA), please mark November 27 ("Giving Tuesday") on your calendars. On that day only (from 00:01 to 23:59 hours, US Eastern Time), all donations made for Kresy-Siberia through the GlobalGiving website www.globalgiving.org/projects/kresy-siberia-keep-their-memory-alive will be added to by GlobalGiving itself. So, no matter how small your 2018 donation (or annual subscription), please be sure to make it online on "Giving Tuesday", November 27 to magnify its impact.

Most of our funds are being earmarked for an IT redevelopment of our Virtual Museum website www.Kresy-Siberia.org, now 10 years old and that is many generations behind for the internet!

Meanwhile, our friendly and supportive online research and discussion group continues to grow and now has over 1,800 members from Poland and all around the world. Please invite your friends and family to join at www.facebook.com/groups/KresySiberiaGroup/.

Our big news was our 5th Annual "Generations Remember" 2018 Kresy-Siberia conference and reunion, held in Warsaw on 15-17 September. You can read the report below, see the event program and watch all the proceedings at www.kresy-siberia.org/museum/conference/

As you consider your continuing support, you can download all of our donor reports, our Foundation Statutes (constitution), our Code of Conduct, and Annual Reports to Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, at www.kresy-siberia.org/museum/about-us/documents/.

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"Generations Remember" 2018 Conference and Reunion

(Full report by Grace Nagiecka with photos by Gregory Spring, following summary prepared by Marcin Kawala)

On 15-17 September 2018 we held our 5th “Generations Remember” conference in Warsaw. This year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence and the 75th anniversary of the peak of the Volhynia Massacres. As in previous years our venue was the History Meeting House (Dom Spotkan z Historia) in Warsaw. This year we had a record number of participants attending the conference. On top of that many more watched the lectures via Internet. The participants arrived from literally every corner of the world – we had people from Canada, USA, UK, Sweden, Russia, Iran, Australia, New Zealand and of course Poland.

The conference started with a formal presentation of a 90th anniversary commemorative medal from Poland's Association of Siberian Deportees (Zwiazek Sybiraków)to the Kresy-Siberia Foundation. The presentation was made by Mieczysaw Pogodzinski, National Vice-President of the Association, and accepted by Foundation President Stefan Wisniowski.

As the Kresy-Siberia Foundation President said at the end of the second day, this was been the best conference to date in terms of variety and topics of speakers. The participants witnessed premieres of two films: “Memory is our Homeland” by Jonathan Koodziej Durand from Canada and “Madame” by Narges Kharghani from Iran. We heard about family stories about Sybirak Survivors (Iwona Januszajtis, Paulina Kaszuba, Tania Sawicka-Mead), Kresy culture (Tomasz Kuba Kozowski), artists in General Anders’ Army (Jan Wiktor Sienkiewicz), Polish refugee camps in Africa and America (Marcin Kawala), Biaystok's new Sybir Memorial Museum (Wojciech Sleszynski), and a very informative lecture on how Survivors dealt with their trauma and relocation (Amanda Chaupa). After the lectures, our speakers were available for discussions with conference participants.

A very important moment came on the second day of the conference, when a formal agreement was signed to enact and promote cooperation between the Kresy-Siberia Foundation and the Sybir Memorial Museum sybir.bialystok.pl/en/.

The conference ended with the Kresy Siberia Foundation President introducing five new members appointed to join Anna Pacewicz and Tim Bucknall on the Foundation Executive Committee:  Barbara Gdowski and Robert Czernkowski from Australia, Iwona Krason from England, Stanisaw Urban from Poland and Marcin Kawala from Sweden.

The third day marked the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Eastern Poland and is called Sybirak Day. The day's commemorations began at the Katyn Museum with a Holy Mass held outdoors on the grounds of the Warsaw Citadel. At 4pm the Kresy Siberia members proceeded with the Generations Remember March from the Citadel to the Monument to the Perished and Murdered in the East (a walk of about 1/2 km through the streets of Warsaw). The Kresy Siberia banner was carried prominently and the group had a police escort.

The conference was a huge success thanks to theConference Committee coordinators (Maciej Czarkowski, Marcin Kawala, Iwona Krason, Marek Krason and Stefan Wisniowski), to the History Meeting House staff, to simultaneous translators Anastazia Pindor and Renata Knechciak, conference reporter Grace Nagiecka and official photographer Gregory Spring.

We are also very pleased that an all-volunteer committee has come together to organize our 6th Kresy-Siberia “Generations Remember” Conference in Warsaw on 14-15 September 2019 so please start making your plans now. Also, if you would like to make or to suggest a presentation for the next year’s conference, please write to Conference@Kresy-Siberia.org.

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Thank you again for all of your priceless support of the Kresy-Siberia mission, whether through your financial donations, volunteer time and talent, or contribution of photos, Survivor interviews or other historical materials.

Please do remember to donate online on "Giving Tuesday", November 27 to get a bonus top-up.

Preserving and promoting our history all depends on you!

With gratitude and warm regards,

Stefan Wisniowski, Foundation President

Marcin Kawala, Executive Committee Member

and the whole Kresy-Siberia Foundation team

2. "Generations Remember" 2018 participants
2. "Generations Remember" 2018 participants
3. Zwiazek Sybirakow 90th Anniversary medal
3. Zwiazek Sybirakow 90th Anniversary medal
4. Amanda, Tania and Marcin discussing their talks
4. Amanda, Tania and Marcin discussing their talks
5. Cooperation Agreement with Sybir Memorial Museu
5. Cooperation Agreement with Sybir Memorial Museu
6. Kresy-Siberia members at Sybirak Day ceremonies
6. Kresy-Siberia members at Sybirak Day ceremonies
Aug 17, 2018

Update on Kresy-Siberia

Siberian Exiles Cross presentation in Australia
Siberian Exiles Cross presentation in Australia

Dear Friend,

You subscribed to email updates from Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive" by Fundacja Kresy-Syberia, a project on GlobalGiving. Here's the unedited update from the field: 

Dear Kresy-Siberia supporters,

Thank you for your generous donations of money, time and historical materials towards our mission dedicated to Poland's citizens fighting for survival and freedom in eastern Poland’s “Kresy” and in forced exile during World War II.

Our online discussion group hosted on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KresySiberiaGroup/ continues growing to now nearly 1,600 members from Poland and all around the world. Please join us if you are not already a member and invite your friends and family to join as well.

Our December report features the following news items on the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum www.Kresy-Siberia.org and our related initiatives under our 3 mission objectives of RESEARCH, REMEMBRANCE and RECOGNITION:
  • Honouring Survivors with the Siberian Exiles Cross medal
  • Recording and preserving Survivor Testimonies
  • Reconstructing the Virtual Museum with your help
  • Student intern re-joining us in Warsaw
  • Making plans for the September 2018 Conference
You can download this report, previous donor reports, the Foundation Statutes (constitution), Code of Conduct, and Annual Reports to regulatory supervisory Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, from the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum at www.kresy-siberia.org/museum/about-us/documents/.

Thank you again for your generous donations of money, time and materials, which all contribute to the survival and strengthening of Kresy-Siberia’s special mission.

With gratitude and warm regards,
The Kresy-Siberia Foundation team

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 RECOGNITION

Honouring Survivors with the Siberian Exiles Cross medal

The Kresy-Siberia Foundation sponsored the awarding of 7 Siberian Exiles Cross medals in Australia, England and the USA in November 2017. This state medal is awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland to Survivors of World War II Soviet deportation, or to their families, if they are now deceased but were still alive on 1 January 2004.

The Kresy-Siberia Foundation also organized a presentation ceremony for 5 of these medals in front of 40 family and friends in Coffs Harbour, Australia. The presentation was made by Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney, Mrs. Regina Jurkowska to survivors Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska, Marian Franciszek Budny, and Tadeusz Plewinski – as well as to family members of deceased survivors Tadeusz Budny and Jadwiga Pacewicz Kedzierska. The ceremonies were convened by Kresy-Siberia Foundation President Stefan Wisniowski, who also screened the films “A Forgotten Odyssey” and “The Story of 700 Polish Children [in Pahiatu, New Zealand]” to give a historical perspective to the many non-Polish guests. View a news report at www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/11/28/siberian-exiles-cross-awarded-in-coffs-harbour/ and a film of the full ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8MNFz0X-_c&feature=youtu.be.

The Kresy-Siberia Foundation is authorized by the government of Poland to apply for the Siberian Exiles Cross for Survivors or their surviving family members. Though this process takes many months and involves a lot of unpaid work from our foundation volunteers, we have decided to do this for Kresy-Siberia group members and other donors who make a contribution to our ongoing costs. If you are interested, e-mail us with your details at Foundation@Kresy-Siberia.org.

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REMEMBRANCE

New Survivor Testimony Recorded 

We continue adding to the nearly 800 Survivor Testimony interviews that we have recorded over the past few years. In November, we recorded an interview with Siberian Exiles Cross recipient, Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska, in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.

Franciszka was born on 1933-10-15, in Dostojewska Wólka (Porzecze borough, Pinsk county, Polesie voivodship). She was one of 7 children of forest ranger Wincenty Pakuza and Eugenia (nee Kondrancik). On 10 February 1940, the entire family was deported to the Ujma „special settlement” in the Pervomayskiy district of Archangel oblast. The two youngest girls, Maria and Lilia, died in the first months of the deportation. However, Franciszka managed to survive, along with her parents, her sister Helena, and brothers Jerzy, Józef and Kazimierz. On 28 August 1941, they were released under the „Polish Amnesty” and left their camp towards Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, her father joined the reborn Polish Army and they were all evacuated to Iran. After recovering from typhus in Tehran, the children were sent to the “Children’s Home” in Isfahan. In 1945, Franciszka went on to attend the Polish school in Zouk-Mikael, Lebanon. After the war, she was brought to Manchester, England, where she married wartime survivor Tadeusz Twarowski and together they had 3 children. The family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1969, finally settling in nearby Coffs Harbour. 

Looking back over her life, and remembering her brushes with death and disease, Franciszka's message to her family was on the importance of keeping their health.

If you know of any surviving Sybiraks, residents of pre-WW2 eastern Poland or WW2 Veterans who can be film interviewed anywhere in the world, please let us know right away at Foundation@Kresy-Siberia.org so that we can arrange to preserve their wartime testimonies while they are still able to tell us about them. 

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REMEMBRANCE

Reconstructing the Virtual Museum with your help 

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum website is our flagship program, comprising 9 Historical Galleries with 29 Exhibition Rooms, nearly 800 Survivor Testimonies, over 15,000 photos and other graphics, and over 67,000 names on the Wall of Tribute. However, the website is now over 8 years old and the internet world has moved on radically. We know that the online visitor experience needs improving, that website access is often unreliable and that we are increasingly vulnerable to hacking attacks.

We have therefore started work on the first major upgrade to our Virtual Museum website to bring its programming up to date. Though this will require some serious funding, it is a small investment to ensure the preservation and ongoing health of the Virtual Museum and the invaluable stories that it preserves for years to come.

We need your help to fund our reconstruction costs of US$60,000 (200,000 zoty). Without any government grants, we are launching a special campaign to collect the funding required. We know that, with several thousand registered museum contributors and discussion group members, together, this goal is within our reach. Please join us in this historic effort by making your donation, no matter how large or small, to this special appeal at www.globalgiving.org/34365.

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RESEARCH

Student Intern re-joins us in Warsaw

We are pleased to report that Katarzyna Podgórska, an Eastern Slavonics student at the University of Warsaw, rejoined us for a second term as a research intern. She has been continuing her work on digitising lists of names for the Virtual Museum. Our thanks go to Kasia for volunteering her time for this important work, and to our member Maciej Czarkowski in Warsaw, for again agreeing to supervise Kasia’s work.

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RESEARCH, REMEMBRANCE AND RECOGNITION

Dates set for 15-17 September 2018 Conference

Make your plans now to visit Warsaw in 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence after World War I and bringing the “Kresy” eastern borderlands under its sovereignty.

Our 5th Annual Kresy-Siberia “Generations Remember” Conference will be held in Warsaw on 15-17 September 2018 at the History Meeting House. The conference will feature life in the Kresy before and during World War II, as well as wartime exile, including to forced labour by the Soviets and the Germans, and as military personnel or civilians outside Poland, including in the USSR, the Middle East, Britain, Western Europe, India, Africa, Mexico and New Zealand.

The conference will be a great opportunity to participate in the Centennial of Independence, meet other Kresy-Siberia members and Survivors living in Poland and around the world, to hear interesting speakers, and to participate in memorial ceremonies on September 17, Poland’s “Sybirak’s Day” and the anniversary of the 1939 Soviet invasion. Please see full details and register for the conference now at www.GenerationsRemember.org.
Medal presentation in Coffs Harbor, Australia.
Medal presentation in Coffs Harbor, Australia.
Survivor Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska.
Survivor Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska.
Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum upgrade is underway.
Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum upgrade is underway.
Research Intern Katarzyna Podgorska.
Research Intern Katarzyna Podgorska.
100 years since Poland regained its independence.
100 years since Poland regained its independence.

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Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum upgrade underway
Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum upgrade underway
Sybirak Survivor Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska
Sybirak Survivor Franciszka Pakuza-Twarowska
Warsaw Research Intern Katarzyna Podgorska
Warsaw Research Intern Katarzyna Podgorska
Invitation to Generations Remember 2018 Conference
Invitation to Generations Remember 2018 Conference

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