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News & Updates

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Founder, Gerald Kochan enjoyed his time spent interviewing Canadian veterans from his father's old unit, the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade during the winter period. Their stories have been filmed and will be compiled with other Brigade interviews and original wartime footage and photographs in an upcoming documentary. Gerald would particularly like to thank President of the Toronto Chapter Mr. Czeslaw Smyka and the members for their kindness and patience during his visit. On a personal note, sadly the documentary will be released too late for many of the members who passed away recently, including his father, who passed away in late April 2008. To the veterans, we salute and thank you, Tobie Ojczyzna!

The recent display at the Polish Museum of America in Long Island has brought great reviews and will result in an ongoing and varied display at that location. It is a well maintained museum with a very energetic staff headed by the very personable Mrs. Barbara Szydlowski. We look forward to ever greater contacts with that institution. Pictured was the visit to the exhibit by Mrs. Gradosielska, (herself a WW2 veteran), and members of her family. Mrs. Gradosielska wartime feats were illustrated in the exhibit along with those of her late husband. Mr. Gradosielski received Poland's highest honor for bravery under fire during the Battle of Monte Cassino.

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