Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be welcoming Ann Siburuth to the studio to talk about her research into the Polish Resettlement Camps in North Manchester.
At the end of World War II, many thousands of members of the Polish armed forces found themselves unable to return to Poland. Having fought with the allies in the West, many soldiers faced persecution (and possible arrest) by the Soviet communist government ruling their homeland. Many of these men and women were loyal to the exiled Polish government, or were opposed to communism. The British government set up military holding units for these personnel, designed to ease transition from military to civilian life (whether than be settlement in Britain, as many people did, or a return to Poland). There were camps across the UK, including in Manchester.
While researching her family history, Ann came across mention of camps in Moston and Crumpsall. She has been researching these bases, shedding light on an interesting chapter in North Manchester history. I’ll be hearing all about what she has uncovered so far on the show.
If you have any information or photographs of the Resettlement Camps, Ann would love to hear from you. You can get in touch with her through her website, or via me.
As well as this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s iconic buildings.
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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