Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"

by Fundacja Kresy-Syberia
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Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
Kresy-Siberia "Keep Their Memory Alive"
The new home page
The new home page

Kresy-Siberia was started on 17 September 2001 by Stefan Wisniowski, the Australia-based, Polish-Canadian son of a Siberian deportee. It started as as an internet discussion forum concerned with research, remembrance, and recognition of the Polish Citizens of all faiths and ethnicities that were persecuted by the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

By 2008, our collection of websites began to reach capacity and a decision was made to create the Kresy-Siberia Foundation, headquartered in Warsaw. The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum was officially opened in the Senate of the Republic of Poland on 17 September 2009, on the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion.

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum serves not only to preserve the group’s member collections, but also includes the collections and scholarly works of many individual historians, active research institutes and archives around the world. It provides an accessible window into this poorly known history and a base from which educational programs are being developed.

As you know we have been working extremely hard for over a year now on a full up-grade to our virtual museum to improve online visitor interactions and bring the computer programming up-to-date to ensure the preservation of the platform into the future. One of the last tasks was working on the site translations.

That work is now completed and - on the 20th Anniversary of the creation of Kresy-Siberia - we are thrilled to unveil the newly re-built virtual museum at www.kresy-siberia.org in time for the commemorations on the 17 September 2021.

We welcome you to the new and improved platform and we invite you to visit. For existing users we would really appreciate your feedback - please take the time to review your family testimonies, photographs, biographies and documents. Please send any comments to admin@kresy-siberia.org 

A special thanks to our wonderful Shelley Upton for her tireless work and dedication, to Artur Golicz in Poland who looks after the server and to Irena Lowe in New Zealand for her own tireless work in testing the new site.

We need and welcome your support and your contributions, your time, your talents, and your financial support in order to maintain 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.

The new Galleries
The new Galleries
The new Wall of Tribute landing page
The new Wall of Tribute landing page
The new Wall of Tribute biography page
The new Wall of Tribute biography page
The new Hall of Images
The new Hall of Images

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The new Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum landing page
The new Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum landing page

It was a very challenging to the start of the year. As many of you will know, our Founder & President Stefan Wisniowski suffered a serious stroke on the 16th January. Having spent several weeks in hospital he is now home and beginning the long road to recovery. The stroke has left him with aphasia of speech - and whilst he is still very much across all aspects of the Foundation he has been unable to be as hands on.

A call to arms went out and our “Kresy” family of volunteers have stepped up to help. Welcome to new Facebook admins Stanley Urban, Kris Nietubyc and Shelley Upton who have welcomed 47 new members since the beginning of February. And our continued thanks to stalwarts Alexa Topolski and Chris Wroblewski.

And a special shout-out to our dear “Timcio” Tim Bucknall who continues to build the Kresy-Siberia Twitter account with over 10,000 followers.

Behind the scenes we are super excited to tell you that the three main areas of the virtual museum re-build - https://new.kresy-siberia.org/ - are 99% complete! Please have a visit and check out the Wall of Tribute, the Hall of Images and the Hall of Testimonies. All the data has been transferred and our I.T. guru Shelley Upton is now tidying things up and optimising data performance. 

The last stage of the museum re-build will be finalising the complex linking of people, stories and images in the three main sections to the Museum Galleries.

Thank you to Shelley for your painstaking preservation of the museum and also to Irena Lowe for administering the back-end, that is approving new users, answering queries and testing new pages.

Irena has also been busy coordinating the Polish Festival in Wellington, New Zealand with a display for Kresy-Siberia including exhibits from the Poland to Pahiatua 70th Anniversary. She suggests “maybe we can encourage other members to also front our Kresy-Siberia museum at various Polish functions around the world”. If this is something that you are interested in please let us know! We can help with exhibits, presentations and display material.

Finally, thank you for your generous support of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum www.Kresy-Siberia.org and its mission to research, remember and recognize Poland's citizens fighting for survival and freedom in eastern Poland’s “Kresy” and in forced exile during World War II.

 

 

Polish Festival in Wellington, New Zealand
Polish Festival in Wellington, New Zealand

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Generations Remember conference and reunion (2019)
Generations Remember conference and reunion (2019)

Dear Kresy-Siberia supporter

It has been a difficult year for most of us, especially with the losses and restrictions that the COVID pandemic has brought on. In times like this, we have many reasons to be grateful for belonging to a supportive world-wide online community like Kresy-Siberia.

  1. We have a shared history of family struggle and perseverance. What our families experienced in wartime Europe fighting for survival and freedom can give us hope, strength and the larger perspective to soldier on.

  2. We are part of a community of members that looks out for and helps each other. This has been a core value that has served us well ever since we first started the group 20 years ago.

  3. We can take advantage of some of the time we may have to spend in isolation to work on our family histories with the support of other group members and online resources like our new expanded Virtual Museum at new.kresy-siberia.org and the Family Research Guide available to our members in our Discussion Group.

  4. We can continue learning from each other, even when we can't meet in person. As well as sharing information in our online Discussion Group on Facebook, we can visit our Virtual Museum to preserve and promote our family histories by adding information, photos and historical documents of the Fighters, the Survivors and the Victims.

Please take a moment to support the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum and our ongoing work to research, remembrance and recognition of Poland's citizens fighting for freedom and survival in occupied eastern Poland and in forced exile during World War II.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

"Pozdrawiam serdecznie"
   ("Hearfelt blessings")

     Stefan Wisniowski

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Kresy-Siberia Wall of Tribute
Kresy-Siberia Wall of Tribute

Thank you for your generous support of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum www.Kresy-Siberia.org and its mission to research, remember and recognize Poland's citizens fighting for survival and freedom in eastern Poland’s “Kresy” and in forced exile during World War II.

As we continue to endure the challenge of COVID and the way it has upended our lives, we can appreciate how many of our family's lives were upended too by the hardships, repressions, deprivation and disease they faced during World War II.  Preserving the memories of their hopes and experiences can give us hope as well for better times in the future.

Check out the new Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum rebuild

Thanks to your support, we've been able to continue the vital rebuilding of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum. We're doing this to improve visitor interactions, repair system issues, fix security and ensure its future health. You can still view all of the museum content on the older site at https://kresy-siberia.org, but the transition means that it's no longer accepting edits and new submissions.

So please visit the new museum website at http://new.kresy-siberia.org and let us know what you think! Not all of the materials have been transferred yet, but you can add new information and photos, and we'd love your feedback on the progress to date.

Donate today and magnify your gift!

GlobalGiving is running a special fundraising campaign to support the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum as one of its certified charities. For every donation up to US$50 made through GlobalGiving between now and midnight (New York time) on September 18th, GlobalGiving will boost your gift by another 50%. Please make your gift go even further by giving during this campaign.

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Thank you again for your ongoing and generous donations of money, time and materials, which all contribute to strengthening our special mission of research, remembrance and recognition.

With gratitude and best wishes to you and your families,

The Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum team

Kresy-Siberia Hall of Images
Kresy-Siberia Hall of Images
Kresy-Siberia Hall of Testimonies
Kresy-Siberia Hall of Testimonies
Kresy-Siberia Historical Galleries
Kresy-Siberia Historical Galleries

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1940-41 Soviet mass deportations to forced labour
1940-41 Soviet mass deportations to forced labour

Thank you for your generous support of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum www.Kresy-Siberia.org and its mission to research, remember and recognize Poland's citizens fighting for survival and freedom in eastern Poland’s “Kresy” and in forced exile during World War II.

In these challenging times, it gives many of us strength to remember the wartime repressions, deprivation and disease that our families faced, as well as the powerful hope for the future that got them through their adversities.

Virtual Museum in lockdown as rebuild goes into user testing

Despite physical lockdowns all around the world, thanks to your ongoing financial support, we've been able to continue the vital rebuilding of the Virtual Museum to improve visitor interactions, repair system issues, fix security and ensure its future health. We're now transferring all of the information and materials to the new website and starting user testing.

While all the previous content can still be viewed, the current Virtual Museum website is now in 'LOCKDOWN' for new materials. If you do want to add any material, e-mail us at admin@kresy-siberia.org and you can be one of our new website testers!

2020 Conference on hold

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to cancel our physical GENERATIONS REMEMBER 2020 conference planned for Warsaw in September on this 80th anniversary of the 1940 mass deportations. However, being a virtual organization for many years, we're exploring possibilities to meet online using Zoom or another social media platform. Please let us know at conference@Kresy-Siberia.org if you'd be interested in joining or making a presentation at an online gathering.

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Thank you again for your ongoing and generous donations of money, time and materials, which all contribute to strengthening our special mission of remembrance.

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

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Fundacja Kresy-Syberia

Location: Warszawa, mazowieckie - Poland
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