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26.04.2018 The exhibition "The Army of Anders - The Way of Hope"

On 26 April, 2018 at 16:00 in the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty within the framework of the Polish Days organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Almaty on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Poland, the grand opening of the exhibition "The Army of Anders - The Way of Hope" will take place.

The Army of Anders - The Way of HopeAt the exhibition the genesis of the Anders Army, starting with the representation of the fate of the Poles, who after the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 were turned out within the borders of the USSR. Hundreds of thousands of them were deported to camps in Siberia, the Far East and Kazakhstan. In 1940 tens of thousands including in Katyn were killed.

In 1941after the German attack on the USSR in London, on 30 July, 1941 the Sikorsky-Maisky Pact was signed, thanks to which the Polish Army was to be formed on the territory of the USSR. The Army must to be headed by the prisoned to that time in the NKVD in Moscow, the Polish general Vladislav Anders.

In the Army of Anders, from the depths of the USSR thousands of exiled Poles - soldiers and civilians were arrived. Many of them died from exhaustion on their way to the army, others died already during the movement of the army in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan), also in Persia (Iran) and the Middle East (Iraq, Palestine).

Thanks to the Ander’s Army to thousands of Poles were given the opportunity to fight for freedom of Poland. Unfortunately, despite the huge sacrifices they were not allowed to return to their homeland, which after the end of the Second World War was in the zone of influence of the USSR.

The exhibition is supplemented by the exposition "Deported". The Poles became one of the first peoples deported by the Soviet government to Kazakhstan. Photos of the Pole who found themselves in Kazakhstan as a result of mass deportations, as well as various household items make it possible to trace the living history of tragic events that are preserved today not only in the documents of the past, but also in the memory of the last living witnesses.

To visitors will be given an opportunity for the first time in Almaty, and for the second time in Kazakhstan (after the presentation of the exhibition at the Museum Memorial Complex of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism "ALZHIR") to learn little-known pages of the history of the Polish people during the Second World War.

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The exhibition will last until 9th May, 2018.

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