#PolesApart - Polish Refugees in India 1942-48 by Dr Anuradha Bhattacharjee
Thousands of Polish citizens, many of them women and children, were deported to slave-labour camps in the USSR during the Second World War, when the Soviet forces marched into Poland and occupied the eastern part of the country. When news of their inhuman condition and ordeal spread after USSR came on the side of the Allies, the ruler of a small princely state in British India opened his heart and territory to the orphaned Polish children and offered them a second homeland. On our Online Talk #PolesApart, historian and researcher Dr Anuradha Bhattacharjee provides a riveting account of displacement, migration and resettlement against the backdrop of the Second World War, as she chronicles the passage and sojourn of these young refugees.
About the speaker:
Anuradha Bhattacharjee is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and a former journalist with The Times of India (1991–94) and The Pioneer (2000–02). Her Ph.D. dissertation. ‘Polish Refugees in India 1942–48’, was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust fellowship (2004) and subsequently the Bendre Prize for Best Dissertation by the University of Pune in 2006. The dissertation has been published as a book, “The Second Homeland” by Sage Publications in 2012, and has also been translated into Polish.
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Date: 19th September 2020
Time: 7.00 pm
Duration: 1 hour + Q&A
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