2011 | 2(18) | 233-254
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Obywatele polscy z Nawanagar w Indiach

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Polish citizens in Nawanagar, India
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Polish citizens in Nawanagar, India The history of the 1940 journey across India of Polish citizens evacuated by Gen. Anders is well known to historians. Literature on the subject presents the view that the journey to India and the provision of housing took place under the auspices of a program sponsored by Great Britain. Yet a careful analysis of documents has shown that it was the Indian princely state of Nawanagar that first offered to accommodate the Polish children evacuated from the USSR in 1941. The first 500 Polish children were hosted in Balachadi, Nawanagar, and supported with charity funds collected in India by Indian princes and other wealthy individuals. Between 1942 and 1948, Indian citizens’ donations for the maintenance of the Polish orphans amounted to the sum of 600,000 rupees (44,250 pounds sterling, the equivalent of 64,241.51 present-day pounds sterling).
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