The Second Homeland: Polish Refugees in India
Publication Year: 2012
The Second World War presents the backdrop for this riveting account of displacement, migration and resettlement. Once the Soviet forces marched into Poland, thousands of Polish citizens were deported to slave-labor camps in the USSR. As news of their inhuman condition and ordeal spread, Jam Saheb Digvijaysinghji of Nawanagar, a Princely State in British India, opened the doors of his state and welcomed the orphaned Polish children. The Second Homeland chronicles the passage and sojourn of these young refugees.
Readers will get an authentic account of their tribulations through the first-person account of a young Polish orphans hair-raising journey to India and his experiences during the stay. The book includes a historical perspective culled out from archival documents in India, the UK and Poland.
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- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- A Brief Historical Background
- Franek's Odyssey
- Arrival in India
- India Years
- Franek and Tadek in Balachadi
- Home for the Next Few Years
- The Transit Camps and War-Duration Domicile
- Franek in Valivade
- A Polish Village on an Indian Riverbank
- Reminiscences and Reflections
- Franek's Epilogue
- Looking Back
- Voices from the Past
- Author's Note
Copyright © Anuradha Bhattacharjee, 2012
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The second homeland : Polish refugees in India / Anuradha Bhattacharjee; with the Chronicle of Franek Herzog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Polish people—India—History—20th century. 2. World War, 1939–1945—Deportations from Poland. 3. World War, 1939–1945—Deportations from Soviet Union. 4. Refugees—Soviet Union—History. 5. Refugees—India—History—20th century. I. Herzog, Franek. II. Title.
ISBN: 978-81-321-0707-1 (HB)
The SAGE Team: Shambhu Sahu, Shreya Chakraborti, Anju Saxena and Dally Verghese Disclaimer:
Sections of Franek Herzog's memoirs were printed as a book in Polish by the Town of Lubaczow, Poland, in 2006, published by Kresy Museum in Lubaczow, editor-in-chief mag. Zenon Swatek. The title of the work in Polish is Na Tulaczym Szlaku, Kronika Rodziny Herzogow 1866–2000 (The Way It Was—Chronicle of Herzog Family—1866–2000). Copyright held by Franek Herzog.
Dedicated to the children—our future:
Abhimanyu (late) and Aishwarya Bhattacharjee, Stephen, Cassandra and Gregory Verbeke
List of Tables
List of Maps
List of Photographs[Page xiii]Section 2: India Years
Section 3: Reminiscences and Reflections
- 3. Franek, Balachadi, 1942
- 4. Tadek Herzog and Henry Bobotek, Balachadi, 1943
- 5. Marian Rozanski, Jerzy Dobrostanski, Franek Herzog, Zbigniew Suchecki, Jerzy Krzyszton, Steven Balaram and Mrs Janina Dobrostanska, Balachadi, 1945
- 6. End-of-year report for 1943–44 from Balachadi
- 7. End-of-year report for 1945–46 from Balachadi
- 8. The youngest children at Balachadi with Indian caretaker, 1942
- 9. Dr Ashani, Mr Joshi, Fr Pluta and Polish nursing staff, Balachadi, 1942
- 10. Sabina Kotlinska's picture, 160, Rama Varma (Appan) Tampuran, War Publicity Officer, ‘Cochin’, 1944
- 11. Programme sheet of a function by the children, Balachadi, 1944
- 12. Jam Saheb with Polish children, Jamnagar, 1944
- 13. Polish refugees arriving from Russia, 1942
- 14(a). Letter from a complete stranger (front)
- 14(b). Letter from a complete stranger (reverse)
- 15. Book on Indian theme developed by Madam W Dynowska
- 16. Franek (extreme left) and Jerzy Krzyszton (extreme right) with two Portuguese scouts in Goa, 1947 [Page xiv]
- 17. Polish girls with Wanda Dynowska and Subramaniam – 1
- 18. Polish girls with Wanda Dynowska and Subramaniam – 2
- 19. Shamrao Gaikwad and Roma, engagement picture, 1948
[Page xv]Cover Photos
- 20. Father's (Lieutenant Colonel F Herzog) symbolic grave at the Polish Military Cemetery, Charkov, Ukraine, 2000
- 21. Stefan Bukowski (late), Jam Saheb Junior, Kira Banasinska and Wieslaw Stypula at Jamnagar palace reception, 1989
- 22. Monument at Balachadi
- 23. Reunion 2004. Members of API 1942–48 with His Excellency Ambassador Anil Wadhwa and Reverend Z Peszkovski at Katowice, Poland
- 24. Hershad Kumariji, 2010
- 25. Hershad Kumariji in Polish costume, 1944
- 26. Alina Baczyk Haus with spouse and family, Ephrata, USA, 2007
- 27. Alina and Henryk Baczyk, Balachadi, 1944
- 28. Marian Raba, Leicester, UK, 2005
- 29. Henry and Marian Raba with Tarvinder Singh of Malaria Institute, New Delhi, Balachadi, 1943
- 30. Reverend Z Peszkovski and the author, Warsaw, May 2004
- 31. Lieutenant B Pancewicz, Janina Dobrostanska, Janina Ptakowa and Lieutenant Z Peszkovski with scouts in Balachadi, 1943
- 32. Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Melbourne, Australia, 2003
- 33. Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Quetta, 1942
- 34. Roman Gutowski in front of Jam Saheb School, 2004
- 35. Polish children at the beach in Balachadi, 1943
- 36. Zygmunt and Hadassah Mandel, Israel, 2004
- 37. Zygmunt Mandel, Janina Dobrostanska, Dr Brune, Ms Kowalewska, Quetta, 1942
- 38. Danuta Mujawar and granddaughter, Bombay, 1997
- 39. Vasant and Wanda (Malati) Kashikar, Kolhapur, India, 2003
- 40. Christine Rebello, Nikola Rebello and Zofia Mendonca, Pune, 2001
- Front cover, main spread: Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Quetta, 1942; courtesy of Tadeusz Dobrostanski
- Front cover, bottom right: Polish girls with Wanda Dynowska and Subramaniam; courtesy of Jan Seidlecki
- Front cover, bottom left: Polish children at the beach in Balachadi, 1943; courtesy of Tadeusz Dobrostanski
- Back cover: The last postcard from Father (Lieutenant Colonel F Herzog) from Starobielsk; courtesy of Franek Herzog's collection [Page xvi]
List of Abbreviations[Page xvii]
AAN Archiwum Akt Nowichy (Polish acronym for ‘The New Archives’) API Association of Poles in India BNA British National Archives COP Chamber of Princes DP Displaced Person GOI Government of India HMG His/Her Majesty's Government IRCR International Committee for the Red Cross IRO International Refugee Organisation ITC Interim Treasury Committee IWC Imperial War Council JRA Jewish Relief Agency KGB Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosty (Committee for State Security) MERRA Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration NAI National Archives of India NCWC National Catholic Women's Conference NKVD Narodnyi Kommissariat Vnutrennikh Del (People's Commisariat for Internal Affairs) NWFP North West Frontier Province PAI Force Persia and Iraq Force PCG Polish Consul General POW Prisoner of War PUC Polish University College RAF Royal Air Force UNRRA United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration WVS Women's Voluntary Service ZPP Związek Patriotów Polskich
List of Appendices[Page xix]
1. List of Polish children in Balachadi Camp, India, 1942. Courtesy of Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Australia. 285 2. Censored telegram, 1943. Courtesy of National Archives of India, New Delhi. 288 3. Linlithgow's appeal to Indian princes for funds for Polish children, 1942. Courtesy of National Archives of India, New Delhi. 289 4. Expanding the offer, Randall to Gibson, 1942. Courtesy of British Library, London. 291 5. Gratitude from Poland, E Raczinsky to Anthony Eden, 1943. Courtesy of British Library, London. 292 6. Polish boys from Bombay travelling to the UK, 1944. Courtesy of National Archives of India, New Delhi. 294 7. Status of adoption, HH Eggers to Gilchrist, 1947. Courtesy of British Library, London. 296 8. Finances raised in India for Polish children, 1943. Courtesy of British Library, London. 297 9. Financial summary by Captain AWT Webb, 1944. Courtesy of Polish Institute and General Sikorski Museum, London. 299 10. Contribution by Indian public for Polish children, 1947. Courtesy of British Library, London. 300 11. Looking for places for the Poles, Anthony Eden to Leo Amery, 1942. Courtesy of British Library, London. 302 12. India as transit/destination (Randall to Gibson), 1942. Courtesy of British Library, London. 304 13. Unused visas of Alicja M Edwards. Courtesy of Ms Alicja M Edwards, USA. 306 14. Zygmunt Mandel papers. Courtesy of Mr Zygmunt Mandel, Israel. 308
From time to time those of us who were posted at Warsaw came across the members of ‘Jamnagar Club’ functioning under the aegis of Indo-Polish Friendship Society, who recalled that they had been in India as children during the 1940s and narrated some very happy memories. It was difficult for us to put their experience in perspective of the context of the World War II and relegated the incident to one the many mass movement of displaced people at that time. They mentioned places like Jamnagar and Kolhapur, but since we could not exactly relate to the events under discussion, we merely carried out the obligatory social exchange.
The event caught the imagination of one of my colleagues who thought these people were Jews and he narrated it to Dr Kenneth Robbins, a Jewish Indologist at Washington in 2000, who promptly published a journal article saying that these people were not Jews but Roman Catholics. The puzzle only deepened.
In 2002, Anuradha contacted us at the Europe-East Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, when I was serving as Joint Secretary, seeking information about these Poles from our sources. During the meeting it transpired that she already knew more about these people than we knew in the Division. It was a pleasant surprise to see her in Warsaw in early 2003, where I was the Ambassador of India, by then, with a group of journalists who had been invited to Warsaw by the Polish Government. She was relentlessly researching her project, which was by then a doctoral dissertation.[Page xxii]
Slowly, we had begun to understand the association of the members of the Jamnagar Club with India. 2003 being the golden jubilee year of the diplomatic relations between India and Poland, I was obliged to attend many functions, one of which was the biennial meet of the Association of Poles in India 1942–48 (API), the bigger club that the ‘Jamnagar Club’ had merged into, which also had chapters in several countries and many members. During the reunion, I met Rev. Z. Peszkovski and heard about the Katyn Forest and related events by which the members of API had reached India. He was the only surviving adult from that time who could put the events in perspective for me.
Later, we read the diligently researched thesis and its findings surprised us pleasantly—a unique Indian initiative during extremely trying times—another beautiful example of the nobility of the Indian character and spirit. An idea about a film on the subject was mooted by some of us, but unfortunately, it did not see fruition due to budgetary constraints.
I am delighted to introduce this account which not only introduces the Indian people to some of the lesser known aspects of the WW II, but also does us proud by bringing out the generosity of the Indian people in spite of passing through hard times themselves. This work is a tribute to the spirit of perseverance. I hope some readers will be inspired and motivated to make a film on the subject.
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This work would not have been possible without the help of several people. First of all, I would like to thank Mr Hiranmay Karlekar, Consultant Editor, the Pioneer, for encouraging the idea of a book and suggesting that the subject be pursued as a doctoral study when no academic work to build the proposed story around, could be located in Indian academic circles.
I am grateful to Dr Shridhar (alias Raja) M Dixit, Department of History, University of Pune, for accepting to supervise my work, in spite of my not having a background in historical studies. His bold and opinionated stand gave me the confidence to continue. He made my dream of a book on the subject his own, and put his weight squarely behind me. Both, Mr Karlekar and Dr Dixit, held my hand whenever I faltered and kept me firmly anchored to and focused on the work I had begun, especially after a personal tragedy.
Gratitude is also due to Meenakshi Rao, features editor, the Pioneer, who published the first article that I had culled out, after initial research, which led to this work to be transformed from a minor journalistic venture to a serious academic pursuit.
It is to this wonderful new tool of communication—the Internet—that I owe my ability to have carried out this study. Without it, even a lifetime would not have been adequate to be able to put the fragments of the story together. The help and encouragement of the members of Kresy-Siberia discussion group on the Internet, is particularly noteworthy. To the moderator, Stefan Wisniowski, who I met personally only in June 2011, I extend my very grateful thanks. He answered several questions patiently, introduced me to the group and took great pains to help me locate some of the ‘shy or silent’ members. Several of those members in turn shared the memories and resources that have made up the body of this work, especially [Page xxiv]Tadeusz Dobrostanski and Stanislaus Harasymow. Tadeusz introduced me to Dr Kenneth Robbins and Franek Herzog in the USA, Henry Baczyk and Stanislaus Harasymow in Australia and Wieslaw Stypula in Poland—all over the Internet—each of who contributed significantly to this work. Stanislaus let me have his handwritten and printed books from the period, besides a letter reproduced in the work. Barbara Charuba of Canada, introduced me to Stefan Klosowski when he was scheduled to visit India and to the Association of Poles in India, London, and offered constructive suggestions several times. Zygmunt Mandel contacted Dr Robbins and me voluntarily and added a whole new dimension to the work.
My gratitude also goes to my London friends from the Association of Poles in India 1942–48, and its president Jan Siedlecki.∗ Members of the Association took time and assisted me on visits to various archival institutions, often booking a few files for my use on their own reader's ticket, so that no valuable time was lost in procedural matters. They were: Teresa Glazer, who took me to the British Library to see India and Oriental Collection; Karol Huppert, who accompanied me to the Polish Institute and Gen. Sikorski Museum, which houses a unique collection of Polish documents; Eugenia Maresch, member of the Anglo-Polish Historical Committee, who shared her knowledge and experience in accessing Polish Refugees documents kept at the British National Archives at Kew (formerly Public Records Office) and Wiesia Kleszko, the secretary of the Association, for being so helpful in locating people and their addresses. Jan and Wiesia also made the introductions as a prelude to setting up appointments and subsequent meetings.
To Roman Gutowski, and all members of Association of Poles in India (API), Warsaw Chapter, I owe a lot. They not only hosted me in their homes at short notice, but also shared memories, memorabilia and insights while answering my myriad questions. Roman made it possible for me to meet all members of API, Warsaw, especially Fr Peszkovski, the sole surviving adult from the period.
Princess Hershad Kumariji of Nawanagar and Colonel Vijaysingh Gaikwad helped me with the Indian side of the story and local links in Jamnagar—Balachadi and Kolhapur, respectively. Major General Vikram Madan of the Indian Army identified Balachadi as the place where there is a Sainik School with a wartime history, when I was perplexed about [Page xxv]the location of the erstwhile camp. To the librarian of Sainik School, Balachadi, Mr Atul Desai, and the then Principal Wing Cdr. VK Kaushal, I owe gratitude for letting me peruse the historical material housed there—especially the paper written by Dr Kenneth Robbins and copies of documents from British Library-India and Oriental Collection that Ken had placed there, after publishing the said paper in the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies in 1998. Ken later asked me to join him as research associate, which kept me afloat financially for this extremely expensive project whose links were scattered all over the world, besides enhancing my portfolio of research papers.
Dr Krzysztof Majka, the Ambassador of Poland and Ms Margaret Wejsis-Golebiak, Counsellor at the Embassy of Poland in New Delhi made it possible for me to visit Warsaw on a study visit, which added great value and dimension to my work. The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) granted me a small fellowship to visit London and peruse documents there. I extend my gratitude to the archivists at all the archives: National Archives, New Delhi; Tata Central Archives, Pune; Kesari-Maratha Sanstha, Pune; State Archives, Kolhapur; The New Archives, Warsaw; British Library-India and Oriental Collection; British National Archives and Polish Institute and General Sikorski Museum, all in London. The librarians at Sapru House Library, New Delhi, and Rajputana Rifles Centre Library, New Delhi, deserve special mention for making available to me old and rare books. Many thanks are due to Ms Nayana Bose of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), New Delhi, who patiently explained to me nuances of refugee matters.
I would fail in my duties if I did not thank Aneta Naszynska, Danuta Pniewska and Mirka Gutowska, who hosted me in their homes during my two visits to London and Warsaw, respectively. Stanley Whittlesey, Alicja Edwards, Eugene Bak, Casimir Majewski and Wieslaw Stypula sent me books that helped to shed light on the dynamics of the period. Lech Lesiak pointed in the right direction to be able to source two critical books. Richard Alford of the CWIT presented me with ‘Deportation …’ by Keith Sword when I had given up all hopes of locating the work with authentic figures. API Warsaw and London presented me with two limited edition books published in Warsaw: Exiled Children and Schooling in Wartime Exile, which are cornerstones to the study and examples of the changing political orientation in Poland and the growing interest of the new generation in the history that was kept under wraps for so long.
No academic work is possible without borrowing from predecessors. This work stands on the shoulders of titans: Professors Norman Davies, [Page xxvi]Ian Copland, Kieth Sword and Bisheshwar Prasad. The context for this work is developed by excerpting the fruit of their labour.
I also owe gratitude to Sheta Shaha, who read this manuscript and offered advice on structure and continuity, Professor Atul Tandan of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, India, for letting me have the time and space to see this work to its logical fruition and Rekha Natarajan of SAGE Publications who has guided the entire publication process since inception.
Last but not the least, my heartfelt gratitude to my family: my son late Abhimanyu, who believed in the project, but did not live long enough to see it realised; my daughter Aishwarya, who bore my frequent physical and mental distance from her with cheer; my husband, Ajoy, who put up with all my demanding work and travel needs; my parents, though not in the physical realm anymore, late Lieutenant Colonel Monindra K Mukherji and Mrs Usha Mukherji, who taught me never to stop seeking the truth.
There are many who I may have missed out here, but their contribution is just as important. To them all and many others I express my deep gratitude. The responsibility of all omissions and errors is my own.
∗ Jan Siedlecki, Fr Peszkovski and Aneta Naszynska departed while this book was under production.
Appendices[Page 285][Page 286]1. List of Polish children in Balachadi camp, India, 1942[Page 287][Page 288][Page 289]2. Censored Telegram, 1943[Page 290]3. Linlithgow's appeal to Indian princes for funds for Polish children, 1942[Page 291][Page 292]4. Expanding the offer, Randall to Gibson, 1942[Page 293]5. Gratitude from Poland, E Raczinsky to Anthony Eden, 1943[Page 294][Page 295]6. Polish boys from Bombay travelling to the UK, 1944[Page 296][Page 297]7. Status of adoption, HH Eggers to Gilchrist, 1947[Page 298]8. Finances raised in India for Polish children, 1943[Page 299][Page 300]9. Financial summary by Captain AWT Webb, 1944[Page 301]10. Contribution by Indian public for Polish children, 1947[Page 302][Page 303]11. Looking for places for the Poles, Anthony Eden to Leo Amery, 1942[Page 304][Page 305]12. India as transit/destination (Randall to Gibson), 1942[Page 306][Page 307]13. Unused visas of Alicja M Edwards[Page 308][Page 309]14. Zygmunt Mandel papers[Page 310]
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National Archives of India (NAI), New Delhi
EAD File no. 186/-X/40 (Secret)
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Sir Dorab Tata Trust Meetings Minutes
Kolhapur Administration Reports, Kolhapur
British Library—India & Oriental Collection (formerly India Office Library), London
POL 6251 1942
L/AG/40/1/131 (RRO A-5)
L/P&J/8/414/Coll 110 N3
POL 8103 POL 9244[Page 312]
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The place indicates where they normally reside and where the interview was conducted.
- Ashani, Kirit; Jamnagar
- Bartosz, Zbigniew; Warsaw
- Bereznicka, Teresa; Manchester (interviewed at Kolhapur)
- Bhagubapu; Balachadi
- Bock, Hubert; Manchester (interviewed at Kolhapur)
- Buras, Zbigniew; Luton, UK
- Byrski, Maria K; Warsaw
- Chendinski, Andrej; Warsaw
- Gaikwad, Shamrao; Kolhapur
- Gaikwad, Vijaysingh; Kolhapur
- Glazer, Teresa; London
- Gonzaga, Maria; Mumbai
- Gutowski, Roman; Warsaw
- Harshad Kumariji; New Delhi
- Hoogewerf, Margaret; Mumbai
- Huppert, Karol; London
- Ingle, Ramrao; Kolhapur[Page 315]
- Jacob, JFR, General; New Delhi
- Kashikar, Wanda; Kolhapur
- Khan, Suleiman; Balachadi
- Kleszko, Weislawa; London
- Klosowski, Stefan; Quebec, Canada (interviewed at Balachadi)
- Maresch, Eugenia; London
- Mendonca, Zofia; Pune
- Nesrikar, Nirmala; Kolhapur
- Pawar, Vasant Bapu; Kolhapur
- Peszkovski, Z, Reverend; Warsaw
- Pniewska, Danuta; London
- Raba, Marian; Leicester, UK
- Siedlecki, Jan; London
- Singhji, Shatrushalaya; Jamnagar
- Stypula, Wieslaw; Warsaw
- Szydlo, Daniela; London
- Truchanowicz, Jagwiga; Warsaw
- Vara, Dinesh; Jamnagar
Interviews by Correspondence (including emails)
- Adamczyk, Wesley; USA
- Baczyk, Henryk; Australia
- Baczyk-Haus, Alina; USA
- Bak, Eugene; USA
- Charuba, Barbara; Canada
- Chhina, Hardev Singh; Chandigarh
- Dobrostanski, Tadeusz; Australia
- Dziurinski, Janusz; USA
- Edwards, Alicja, R; USA
- Harasymow, Stanislaus; Australia
- Herzog, Franek; USA
- Kail, Vanessa; Australia
- Krawiec, Janina Fiore; USA
- Majewski, Casimir; USA
- Mandel, Zygmunt; Israel
- Trella, Boguslaw; Australia
- Trzaska, Leszek; Poland
- Wisniowski, Stefan; Australia
- Wolski, Marek; UK
About the Author
Photographs[Page 324]Section 1: Arrival[Page 325]1. The last postcard from Father (Lieutenant Colonel F Herzog) from Starobielsk2. Polish boys in Bandra, 1942Section 2: India Years[Page 326]3. Franek, Balachadi, 19424. Tadek Herzog and Henry Bobotek, Balachadi, 1943[Page 327]5. Marian Rozanski, Jerzy Dobrostanski, Franek Herzog, Zbigniew Suchecki, Jerzy Krzyszton, Steven Balaram and Mrs Janina Dobrostanska, Balachadi, 1945[Page 328]6. End-of-year report for 1943–44 from Balachadi[Page 329]7. End-of-year report for 1945–46 from Balachadi8. The youngest children at Balachadi with Indian caretaker, 1942[Page 330]9. Dr Ashani, Mr Joshi, Fr Pluta and Polish nursing staff, Balachadi, 194210. Sabina Kotlinska's picture, page 160, Rama Varma (Appan) Tampuran, War Publicity Officer, ‘Cochin’, 1944[Page 331]11. Programme sheet of a function by the children, Balachadi, 194412. Jam Saheb with Polish children, Jamnagar, 1944[Page 332]13. Polish refugees arriving from Russia, 1942[Page 333]14(a). Letter from a complete stranger (front)[Page 334]14(b). Letter from a complete stranger (reverse)15. Book on Indian theme developed by Madam W Dynowska[Page 335]16. Franek (extreme left) and Jerzy Krzyszton (extreme right) with two Portuguese scouts in Goa, 194717. Polish girls with Wanda Dynowska and Subramaniam – 1[Page 336]18. Polish girls with Wanda Dynowska and Subramaniam – 219. Shamrao Gaikwad and Roma, engagement picture, 1948Section 3: Reminiscences and Reflections20. Father's (Lieutenant Colonel F Herzog) symbolic grave at the Polish Military Cemetery, Charkov, Ukraine, 2000[Page 337][Page 338]21. Stefan Bukowski (late), Jam Saheb Junior, Kira Banasinska and Wieslaw Stypula at Jamnagar palace reception, 1989[Page 339]22. Monument at Balachadi[Page 340]23. Reunion 2004. Members of API 1942–48 with His Excellency Ambassador Anil Wadhwa and Reverend Z24. Hershad Kumariji, 2010[Page 341]25. Hershad Kumariji in Polish costume, 194426. Alina Baczyk Haus with spouse and family, Ephrata, USA, 2007[Page 342]27. Alina and Henryk Baczyk, Balachadi, 194428. Marian Raba, Leicester, UK, 2005[Page 343]29. Henry and Marian Raba with Tarvinder Singh of Malaria Institute, New Delhi, Balachadi, 194330. Reverend Z Peszkovski and the author, Warsaw, May 2004[Page 344]31. Lieutenant B Pancewicz, Janina Dobrostanska, Janina Ptakowa and Lieutenant Z Peszkovski with scouts in Balachadi, 194332. Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Melbourne, Australia, 2003[Page 345]33. Tadeusz Dobrostanski, Quetta, 194234. Roman Gutowski in front of Jam Saheb School, 2004[Page 346]35. Polish children at the beach in Balachadi, 194336. Zygmunt and Hadassah Mandel, Israel, 2004[Page 347]37. Zygmunt Mandel, Janina Dobrostanska, Dr Brune, Ms Kowalewska, Quetta, 194238. Danuta Mujawar and granddaughter, Bombay, 1997[Page 348]39. Vasant and Wanda (Malati) Kashikar, Kolhapur, India, 2003[Page 349]40. Christine Rebello, Nikola Rebello and Zofia Mendonca, Pune, 2001