“Polish 2nd Corps Virtual Museum” is a long-term project, initiated in 2021 on the initiative of the World Polonia Council (Rada Polonii Świata) and Mrs. Teresa Berezowska from Canada, implemented in partnership with the Polska360 Foundation from Warsaw, which since 2015 has been implementing a number of projects documenting the fate of the soldiers of the 2nd Corps ( including a project of biographical interviews with soldiers of the 2nd Corps from Poland and Great Britain, 2016-2017, the exhibition “Ruins at the Monte Cassino – the fate of the Kresowiaks – soldiers of the 2nd Corps” – financed by the Office for Veterans and Victims of Oppression; caring for 2 Corps combatants in Poland or permanent cooperation from 2017 with the Association of Former Soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces in the West “Carpathians” from Warsaw). The project has been implemented since September 2021 as a multi-annual project. Its premiere was planned specially for year 2022 – the 130th anniversary of the birth of General Władysław Anders and the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of the Polish Army from the USSR to the Middle East. The official premiere of the “Polish Second Army Virtual Museum” and the presentation of materials collected in its first stage took place in Vilnius on the 83rd anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland – the date decisive for the beginning of the wandering and repression of many later soldiers of the Army known as the Anders Army, about which this portal tells. In the coming months, we will begin the implementation of its next stages, expanding the resources of the Virtual Museum with further materials in electronic form. Project assumptions: The “Polish Second Army Virtual Museum” as an educational and internet portal aims to present in the first stage the following issues related to this unique formation of the Polish Armed Forces in the West:
- how the Anders Army was created, what was the combat route of the 2nd Corps, its most important units
- Who were the soldiers of the 2nd Corps, and by what routes did they get there – through Siberia, Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Karpackich and Tobruk, forced service in the Wehrmacht, service in the Home Army and fates in the concentration and forced labour camps in Germany and Austria.
- what was the post-war fate of the soldiers of the 2nd Corps – in Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Poland and other countries.
Especially the last part is, in our opinion, very valuable as it has not yet been published on the Internet in the form of condensed, accessible information. An additional advantage of our project is the fact that extremely experienced Polish museums and organizations around the world participate in its creation: An additional advantage of our project is the fact that extremely experienced Polish museums and organizations around the world participate in its creation:
- Orliński Polish-Canadian Veterans Museum (Orliński Museum), Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
- Polish Museum and Archives in Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
We also cordially invite other Polish museums and organizations, as well as families of veterans of the 2nd Corps and people possessing information about them to join our project. Let us recall their fate and post-war activities in every corner of the world, wherever the veterans of the 2nd Corps were. They deserve our memory. Glory to the Heroes!