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Though Franek Herzog has never returned to India since 1948, several of his compatriots from Balachadi have. In April 1989, during a visit of the President of Poland to India, Weislaw Stypula, Stefan Bukowski, their children and a few other Balachadi children from Warsaw returned to install a commemorative plaque at the venue of their former camp (see Photographs 21 and 22). By that time, it was a Sainik School, run in the same military style as the camp had been. Only now, it was a fully boys' school.

The cemeteries at Jamnagar and Kolhapur were also refurbished. The complete project was undertaken by the Poles themselves. The Polish Consul at Bombay was present at both the occasions, signifying the political acceptance of this part of Polish history.

Kira Banasinska, wife of the first ...

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