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Polish citizens to revisit India to relive memories as World War II refugees

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A group of Polish citizens will revisit Kolhapur district in India’s western state of Maharashtra from Friday to Sunday to relive their childhood memories spent from 1942-48 as refugees, a statement said.

The statement issued on Thursday by Indian Government’s Press Information Bureau.

Around 5,000 Polish people lived in Kolhapur district after they fled their country during World War II and they left there after peace returned to their motherland.

Most of them, who will pay a revisit, were either born at Valivade village in Kolhapur district, or were children when they left the camp, local sources said.

Valivade has now turned into an urban hub and is called Gandhinagar, nine kilometres from Kolhapur city.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Marcin Przydacz, will also be on a two-day visit to Kolhapur district during this period.

Przydacz will unveil a commemoration post on Saturday, according to Daulat Desai, Kolhapur District Collector.

A permanent museum will also be built over the next year, containing photographs, paintings, and other important items and materials from that era to retain the memories for the next generations, the statement said.

A one-day conference with city professionals and entrepreneurs will also be held on Saturday, the district collector said.
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Edited by Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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