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  • 6 November 2018

    Polonia Canadian Institute for Historical Studies and the Polish Combatants’ Association in Canada, Inc. Branch No. 2 in London, invite to the exhibition The Role of Canada in Rebirth of Poland: Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1917-1919.

    At the end of the eighteenth century Poland was partitioned among Russia, Prussia and Austria and erased from the political map of the World. The dearest dream of generations of Polish people was to liberate their country. In order to achieve this goal many uprisings were organized, but all were unsuccessful. Canada's Sir Casimir Gzowski took part in one of these revolts. The Polish people never abandoned the idea of national freedom.

    During the First World War, Polish immigrants in the United States and Canada thought that an independent Poland might rise from the ashes of war–torn Europe. Organizations such as the Alliance of Polish Falcons of America, the Polish National Alliance and the Polish Central Relief Committee proposed the formation of an independent Polish Army in Canada. This project, strongly supported by the Canadian government, and advocated later by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, was discussed among the Canadian, British, French and American governments. It became a reality and resulted in the training of over twenty two thousand volunteer Polish soldiers at Niagara-on-the-Lake between 1917 and 1919. They were trained by Canadian officers and funded by France. This army, reaching an approximate strength of 80.000 men by the end of 1918, fought first in France, and later helped liberate Poland after 123 years of foreign occupation. The nation's dream finally came true.

    The photographic exhibition, prepared by the Polonia Canadian Institute for Historical Studies, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Canada’s contribution to Poland’s independence.

    The exhibit will be on display from November 5, 2018 to November 30, 2018 at the London Public Library Central Branch, 251 Dundas Street 3rd Floor.

    The event in London Public Library is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, the Polish Combatants’ Association in Canada Branch #2 in London, the Niagara Historical Society & Museum, the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw, and Walter J. Chwals M.D. and Alicja Danecka-Chwals.



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