INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum.

We invite you to visit this Virtual Museum, dedicated to the Polish citizens who fought in the Eastern Borderlands of Poland, and in forced exile, during WWII.  The families of those murdered at Katyn, along with tens of thousands of residents of the pre-war ‘Kresy’, were deported into the depths of the Soviet Union, where their unspeakable suffering marked the road of Poland’s “Golgotha of the East”.  Others were left behind, only to suffer under the Nazi Germans and the Ukrainian nationalist partisans.

The 29 Galleries of the Virtual Museum will show what life in the Borderlands was like before the war, what happened in this area during the war, the various repressions they endured from the Soviets and the Nazis, all the way to the fate of these citizens after the war. The Galleries are a work in progress.  Several are already opened, and the rest will be opened over the next 2-3 years.  Through our efforts in Poland and abroad, we are constantly working to enlarge our collection of archival documents, photos and testimonies, and to add new materials to the current and future Galleries.  We invite you to share in the building of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum by sharing your personal materials with us.

In addition to the Galleries, the Virtual Museum includes:

In the planning stages are the Museum Club, which will be a meeting place for our members to exchange ideas, and the Chapels, which will showcase the role of faith and religion in providing hope and strength through these terrible times.

We invite you to return frequently and visit our Museum, to see what has been added since your last visit.  We also invite you to contact us with your ideas and opinions about our project.