Poland to relive special bond with Gujarat town

By On September 08, 2018

Poland to relive special bond with Gujarat town

Poland to relive special bond with Gujarat townNimesh Khakhariya | TNN | Sep 9, 2018, 01:40 ISTSix Polish WWII survivors with filmmaker Anu Radha (centre), who will be visiting Balachadi and Jamnagar. Six Polish WWII survivors with filmmaker Anu Radha (centre), who will be visiting Balachadi and Jamnagar. RAJKOT: The special bond between Poland and Balachadi town, 25km from Jamnagar, will be relived by by half-a-dozen World War II survivors, who were among the 1,000 orphaned Polish children given refuge by Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji, the king of erstwhile Navanagar (now Jamnagar) after their country was invaded by German Nazi s oldiers in 1942.
Now in their 90s, the six survivors are expected to arrive in Jamnagar on September 30 with their spouses to participate in a day-long celebration of the special bond Poland has with India. The event is being organised by the Polish government, which is celebrating 100 years of independence in November this year.
It will be a diplomatic function at Balachadi where nearly 40 people from Poland, including senior ministers and diplomats, will participate along with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Jam Shatrushaliyaji, son of late Jam Digvijaysinhji. Poland was invaded by Hitler's Nazi forces and Stalin's Red army in 1939. Most of the families from Soviet-dominated areas were sent to labour camps from where they were loaded in trucks and sent to Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India. Many families made it to the refugee camp while Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji gave shelter to nearly 1,000 children and built the school for them.
Jam Saheb had also arranged for seven cooks from Goa to cook food that was less spicy for these children, who went on to stay in Balachadi, the summer palace of the royal family, for four years.
The six survivors coming to Jamnagar are the part of a documentary "A Little Poland in India," produced by film maker Anu Radha. "The event is a progression of film on the Polish children who are now in their 90s and featured in my film are being invited to share their stories of their childhood. It was an idea very close to my heart, and these Polish survivors as we call them, feel such enthusiasm whenever they are given an opportunity to visit Jamnagar and Balachadi," Anu Radha told TOI.
Andreej Stuczynski, third secretary embassy of Poland in India, said, "Poland and India have a special relation. It's a people-to-people contact thanks to the support of Jam Saheb. It's beyond the standard of economic or political relations." Jamnagar district collec tor Ravi Shankar said "The Polish survivors will refresh their memories at Balachadi and will also visit few places in Jamnagar during their four-day stay."
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