The Wall of Tribute includes the residents of the pre-war eastern borderlands (‘Kresy’) of Poland, and the fate that they suffered during World War II: those who were deported to forced labour by the Soviets and the Nazis, those who remained in the borderlands throughout the war and suffered Soviet, Nazi and Ukrainian Nationalist repression, as well as those who retreated from the advancing German and Soviet invaders to continue the fight for Poland from foreign soil.
The Wall of Tribute is a partial listing of those who experienced these struggles, and it will continue to grow as more names are submitted. The Wall includes those who survived, as well as those who perished – many lying in unknown places, in unmarked graves. The Wall will ensure that their stories are preserved for posterity.
THE POLISH ARMED FORCES:
In recounting the story of the Polish First Armoured Division, the Polish Air Force, the Polish Navy, and the Polish Second Corps – all fighting alongside the Western Allies – and the Polish First Army – fighting alongside the Soviets – it becomes impossible to separate those who came from the Kresy area and those who did not. For this reason, these units are included in their entirety.
FINDING THE SOURCE FOR A PROFILE ON THE WALL:
To verify where information in a particular profile came from, you can check the source of the information. The source is identified just below the area reserved for the profile photo. To learn more about the source that is listed there, you can click on the word SOURCES in the grey navigation bar that appears above the profile. This will open a page that lists all the sources for the profiles on the Wall. Clicking on any of the sources listed, will open a page that contains specific information about that source.
Graves in the former Polish settlements in Africa during WWII. Tombstone and Death register information has been gathered by students from the Pedagogical University of Krakow. Webpage: www.polskiecmentarzewafryce.up.krakow.pl