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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

"On September 1, 1939, German forces invaded Poland and defeated the Polish Army within weeks. Most of the westernmost Polish territory was annexed directly to the Reich; the remainder of the areas conceded to Germany by the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Germany became the so-called General Government (Generalgouvernement), administered by the German occupiers.

In accordance with the Pact's secret protocols, the Soviet Union annexed most of eastern Poland after Poland's defeat. As a result, millions of Poles fell under Soviet authority, either because they lived in areas the Soviets occupied or because they had fled east to these areas as refugees from Nazi-occupied Poland…."
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Green Tiger16 Jun 2018 12:27 a.m. PST

They weren't 'transferred' they walked(or so I was told) and some of them carried on to India where they lived in camps and many of the men then fought with the British in teh Desert, Italy and then Normandy.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 2:53 a.m. PST

It's one of the reasons Iran has a large (for an Islamic nation) Jewish population.


ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

The mother of a very good friend of mine was one of these refugees. She (a young woman at the time) and her family were sent to Siberia and then to Iran. From there she was sent to South Africa and ultimately to England. In England she met a Polish pilot who had escaped Poland in 1939. They married and my friend was born as a result. Quite an adventure!

Legion 416 Jun 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

I know a lady that her and her Polish family were all sent to a "camp" in a UK African colony during WWII. IIRC, Kenya ?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

Quite adventure indeed! ….


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