CPHS : World War II Heroes

Message (No.1) From the Publishing Board of the Canadian Polish Historical Society (CPHS)

CPHS has begun publishing on its website "Memoirs" of Albertans of Polish descent who were exiled to Siberia during WW II. It is a project coordinated by Dr. Zofia Kamela containing the accounts of Polish People who were displaced from the eastern borderlands (Kresy Wschodnie), their struggle for freedom in World War II, and immigration to Alberta. The heroes of those times are living among us and we want to, not only protect them from being forgotten but, introduce their fascinating history to our members and supporters as well to our young people in schools and universities. We begin our publication with the personal history of Mr. and Mrs. Wladyslaw and Wanda Szwender, long time members of the Polish Community of Edmonton. Accounts of others will follow including veterans of WW II.

CPHS Executive reserves the right to ownership of the published materials, and any portion thereof may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the Publishing Board of CPHS.

Message (No.2) From the Publishing Board of the Canadian Polish Historical Society (CPHS)

As a continuation of Memoirs of Polish survivors of the Syberian Exile and Combatants who settled in Alberta after WW II, CPHS introduces on its website the history of Polish women of the Women's Auxiliary Service (PSK) in the army of General Anders. It contains the history of Polish young girls and women who had been deported to Siberia. Released from exile, they joined, as volunteers the Polish army which was being formed in the USSR. After undergoing the required training, they were assigned to work in various military units of the 2nd Corps, as nurses, telegraph operators and drivers. It was their contribution in the fight for freedom of their country.Those who trained to be drivers, drove big trucks, delivering ammunition and food to military units fighting on the front lines.

The role of PSK during the Second World War was invaluable and certainly deserves the highest praise. Some of the heroines of that time are living among us in Edmonton. We want not only to protect them from oblivion, but to introduce them, via our website, to a wider audience especially young people. They are Bronislawa Stelmaczonek, Janina Malinowska, and Leokadia Krzysik.

If there are other ladies who were involved in the Women's Auxiliary Service (PSK), and who would like to share their experiences with us, we would like to hear from you.

The project is coordinated by Dr. Zofia Kamela.

Message (No.3) From the Publishing Board of the Canadian Polish Historical Society (CPHS)

To commemorate the heroism and sacrifices of the Polish soldier in the theater of World War II (1939-1945), CPHS introduces on its website "Chronicles of Memoirs Polish Combatants" living in Alberta. These memoirs encompass a group of veterans who fought during the war in Poland, Western fronts, passed through the Nazi camps, took part in the Warsaw Uprising and fought as partisans.

The "Chronicles of Memoirs" is coordinated by Dr. Zofia Kamela and contains the history of Polish war veterans and their post-war Immigration to Canada, primarily to Edmonton, Alberta and their contribution to the development of the city and province. The project also aims to save from oblivion the heroes who live among us and are always a source of inspiration for all. CPHS wants to aquaint its members and supporters as well as students with an extraordinary lives of Polish veterans who made Alberta their home.

We wish to start our "Chronicles of Memoirs" with the story of Mr. Jan Karol Szklarz, a 96 year-old veteran of WW II

CPHS Executive reserves the right to ownership of the material appearing on CPHS web site, and no portion thereof may be copied or reprinted without the express written consent of the Publishing Board of the Canadian Polish Historical Society.

Andrzejewski, Antoni

Andrzejewska, Maria

Dąbrowski, Borys

Kadela, Czesława

Kepa, Maria

Klajn, Helena

Kiryluk, Józef

Krzysik, Leokadia

Lang, Janina

Lang, Julian

Marczak, Bronisław

Markowska, Veronica

Maj, Wacław

Muszyński, Stanisław

Romanko, Aleksander

Romanko, Maria

Stelmaczonek, Bronisława

Szklarz, Eugenia

Szklarz, Jan

Szwender, Wanda

Szwender, Władysław