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For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide


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The Exiled Nation: London Poles during the Second World War

Wed 14 May 2014

Time: 7pm - 8.30pm

The Wiener Library is pleased to be hosting an interactive workshop exploring the history of the Polish community in London during the Second World War as part of the History and Heritage Adult Learning London Network 2014 event series ‘London at War’.

The invasion of Poland in 1939 marked the beginning of a humanitarian catastrophe on a previously unimagined scale. Almost a quarter of the Polish population perished at the hands of the Nazis and Soviet occupiers between 1939 and 1945, a tragedy that included the extermination of almost the entire population of Polish Jews in the Holocaust.

In 1940, London became a refuge for the Polish Government, its National Council and approximately 23,000 soldiers of the Polish Forces. Those who stayed behind formed an armed underground resistance, among them the organisation 'Zegota', whose aim was to help the plight of the Polish Jews.

The Wiener Library invite you to explore original documents with Ela Kaczmarska , an experienced workshop leader from The National Archives.


Admission: Free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Location: The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London - click for map

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