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Poland organises event to honour former Jamnagar King, Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Jadeja, who saved 1000 Polish children

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Publication: Ahmedabad Mirror
Date:  September 29, 2018
URL:      https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/others/poland-organises-event-to-honour-former-jamnagar-king-maharaja-jam-saheb-digvijaysinhji-jadeja-who-saved-1000-polish-children/articleshow/66010802.cms

What goes around, comes around.

In an effort to thank the former Jamnagar king, Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Jadeja for giving shelter to 1000 Polish children during World War-II, Poland's government has organized an event in Jamnagar on Sunday.

Six survivors, who are in their 90s, will pay homage to the Maharaja, who died in 1966. The event ‘Generation to Generations’ will take place at Gujarat Ayurveda University in the morning and at Sainik School, Balachadi, Jamnagar in the evening.

In 1939, Poland was attacked by Germany as well as the Soviet Union, which forced thousands of Poles to migrate to Siberia. In 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and a year later, some of the Polish refugees were allowed to leave the country.

History says, at that time around 1000 children came to Nava Nagar (now Jamnagar), which was ruled by Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Jadeja. The king not only arranged shelter for them at Sainik School, Balachadi for four years but also created a camp for the children to ensure they grew up around Polish culture, traditions and education.
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Adam Burakowski @Adam_Burakowski
Proud to be here in Jamnagar with #IIWW Survivors from #Poland who spent time of war in #India after escaping from Soviet Syberian Gulag. There were refugee camps in Balachadi and Valivade#PL100@IndiaHistorypic
12:18 PM - Sep 29, 2018
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The event is jointly organised by the Gujarat government, the Sainik School at Balachadi, and the Poland government amongst others, to celebrate 100 years of the country regaining independence. The event is to take place in the presence of the Ambassador of the Poland Adam Burakowski, the education minister of Gujarat Bhupendrsinh Chudasama, Jam Saheb Shatrushalya Sinhji and other dignitaries.

“The Maharaja showed the culture of India by giving shelter to the children of their country. The Poland government is coming to offer gratitude to the erstwhile ruler in return,” said Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

The ruler, popularly known as the ‘Good Maharaja’ in Poland has a street named after him in Warsaw. He was even named as the Honorary Patron of Warsaw Bednarska High School. In fact, the Maharaja was posthumously awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the President, the highest honour in Poland.

 
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