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Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby nosowicz » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:53 am

I am looking for mor information about polish refugee camp in Kolhapur, India in WW2

Are there details of what families were in the camp?
Are there details of how they got from Poland/Russia to India?

I believe the later was via British troop ships, so again are there records of these ships and the passengers?

All help and info welcome


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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby brunes08 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:24 pm

I have just googled 'Polish refugee camp Kolhapur'. A lot of web sites come up that may be of help to you.
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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby junkers » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:07 pm

There are four India Office files (now held by the British Library in London) which might be of use, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... fugee+camp).
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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby junkers » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:42 pm

It appears that the Russians moved the Poles to Iran in the first place under Instructions from the NKVD and General Anders (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evacuatio ... rld_War_II), but do check the sources. After moving to Iran some Poles moved to India. So the UK was not involved, which would have been unlikely.
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Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby nosowicz » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:48 pm

Junkers
Thanks for the input, but not wholly true.
Many poles left on U.K. Troop ships from Gdansk circa 1942

I am trying to find that detail and strangely I have thought about using google, but after many years it still doesn't give me the results easily - as life isn't that easy is it
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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby MaureenE » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:36 pm

There is a FIBIS Fibiwiki page Polish Refugees in India 1942-1948
http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=P ... _1942-1948

An earlier version of this page has some additional information including book titles, which was subsequently edited out by the moderator
http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=P ... ldid=50139

One of the "Missing Links" is https://web.archive.org/web/20060911110 ... fitt24.htm

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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:24 pm

nosowicz wrote:... Many poles left on U.K. Troop ships from Gdansk circa 1942 ...

Apologies because I can't otherwise help, but - is that date a mis-type, given the fact that 1942 is the middle of the war? Or did you mean something different?
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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby nosowicz » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:16 am

Hi Adrianb38

Yes it was during the war but I have checked my records and it was 1944 not 42


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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby junkers » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:45 pm

I very much doubt that British ships would have been in the Gdansk area in 1942 or 1944 area, I have never heard of this.
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Re: Polish refugee camp Kolhapur

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:25 pm

I wonder if stories have got mixed up. The Baltic was a war zone and I can find no evidence that the Royal Navy was operating anywhere in that sea during the war.

Bear in mind that the city was under Nazi control until March 1945 when the Red Army captured it and I think you'll see why I question that the Royal Navy sailed in there during the war. There were sea borne evacuations from there in about March 1945 but that was the Nazi regime evacuating German citizens before the Red Army arrived. Not the sort of operation the Royal Navy would join.

What I do wonder is if it was feasible for people to escape Gdansk by ship to neutral Sweden and from there make their way to the UK. Even this must surely have been in low numbers as there are strict rules about neutrality - not to mention that the UK would want to keep a strict watch on the Sweden UK route (and I have no idea what that route was).

So there are all sorts of stories that could have been mixed up.

As for the original query, the TNA Guide on passenger lists http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/passengers/ says that outbound passenger lists were kept until 1960 and are on Ancestry and / or FindMyPast. However, troop ships were not included in this, presumably having no need for such lists.

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