On Polands Reprivatization Obligations: In Defence of the Rights of Former Property Owners, Deportees, Exiles, Survivors, their Children, Heirs and Descendants, to Pursue and Realize Claims for Restitution, Reparation and Compensation sign now

On Poland's Reprivatization Obligations: guaranteeing, protecting and enforcing the rights of former property owners, deportees, exiles, survivors, their children, heirs and descendants, to pursue and realize - in a most pragmatic, unambiguous, expeditious, uniform and uncomplicated manner - restitution, reparation and compensation claims for properties and assets seized since 1939 by communist and fascist regimes without recourse to unnecessary and prolonged Court actions and Appeals, because of the widespread and systemic defects in various Legislation enacted to date by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland and those burgeoning Protocols, Provisions and Guidelines contained therein.


Prepared on 19 March 2011 by
Wieslaw George Helon: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
(Son, grandson and great-grandson of Polish Deportees and Exiles to Siberia: 10 February 1940)


# Title
# Historical Summary
# Preamble
# The Petition
# Further Information


HISTORICAL SUMMARY

In the aftermath of the Polish-Soviet War of 1920-1921, and after 123 years as a divided and non-existent Nation, an Independent Polish State was finally reconstituted by Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, whose patriotic forces had heroically defeated the invading and marauding Bolshevik armies.

To avert any future threat by the Bolsheviks to Poland's sovereignty, via her Eastern Corridor, the then Parliament of the Republic of Poland instituted a bold Land Reform Program aimed at creating and populating a buffer zone in the East, primarily with former military personnel, as insurance against any possible Bolshevik incursions or invasion in the future.

When the Provisions of the Granting of Land to Soldiers from the Polish Army Act (2) of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland dated 17 December 1920 (Ustawy 2, z dnia 17 Grudnia 1920 r. O Nadaniu Ziemi Zolnierzom Wojska Polskiego) as contained in the "Journal of Laws" 1921, No. 4, Item 18 ("Dziennik Ustaw" 1921, Nr. 4, Poz. 18) came into force, "Polish Army Soldiers who defended the Borders of the Fatherland (were permitted to) obtain Land to own from the Reserve created on the basis of the Act of 17 December 1920 (Art. 1)" by grant, or by purchase.

That Eastern Borderland area that was occupied by Polish Military Settlers (Osadnicy Wojskowe) and Civilian Farmer Settlers (Osadnicy Cywilne) was known as Kresy Wschodnie; commonly Kresy.

Even before the invasion of Poland's Eastern Frontier on Sunday 17 September 1939 by communist forces of the former Soviet Union, secret and clandestine plans had already been put into motion under the Provisions of the 'Secret Protocol' as contained in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact - which was signed in Moscow in the early hours of the morning of Thursday 24 August 1939 - between the Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov and the German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

Accordingly, all patriotic Kresy Polish military colonists, police, civil servants, civilian farmer settlers, and well-to-do land-owning peasants (Kulaks) were immediately stripped of any property and ownership rights; their financial assets were frozen and seized; their homes, businesses and farms were ransacked; their personal property and belongings were destroyed before them; they were arbitrarily arrested (some were beaten, some were imprisoned) and then deported with their entire families to forced labor camps (GULAGs) and "Special Settlements" (Osiedleniu Specjalnym, or Posioleks) located in the outermost reaches of the Soviet Union, including, but not limited to: Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Soviet Asia, to endure an uncertain fate fraught with disease, starvation, isolation and intolerable conditions.

It is estimated that between 1940-1942 about 1.989 million patriotic Polish citizens from all walks of life (including: military personnel, the intelligentsia, clergy, business owners and landholders) were forcibly deported into exile: 429,000 on 9/10 February 1940; 624,000 on 12/13 April 1940; 468,000 on 28/29 June 1940, and 468,000 between 13-22 June 1941 (W.G. Helon quoted in Kresowa Czystka Etniczna; Scientific Curiosities; ISSN 1176-7545; No. 930; 15.02.2005); but when coupled with the known 647,000 POWs, Red Army recruits and Concentration Camp victims in the Soviet Union as of June 1941 (T. Piotrowski; Occasional Papers in Polish and Polish American Studies; No. 12; 2002; p.12) the number of those persons banished into exile would total 2.636 million persons.

Of the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children who were arbitrarily arrested, forcibly deported and exiled, between 1940-1941, only 115,000 are documented as having successfully found their way to the coastal city of Pahlevi (now Bandar-e Anzali), Persia (now Iran) between 24 March to 28 August 1942, where the Polish General Wladyslaw Anders was raising a free Polish Army which would later distinguish itself triumphantly in many theaters of battle, including the desperate fight by the Western Allies to take the Italian hilltop Monastery of Monte Cassino in May 1944 - a heroic battle valiantly won by the Poles.

With no homes to return to, the families of those brave and patriotic heroes and Martyrs were relocated to Polish Displaced Persons (DP) Camps throughout Africa, the Middle East, India, Mexico and New Zealand; not by choice, but by necessity.

So, as a result of past injustices and treatment at the hands of former totalitarian regimes, many patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens could not return after World War 2 to take-up residence within the current geographical borders of the Republic of Poland because they not only found themselves scattered all over the World, but many feared future political persecution and oppression; fears that were well founded.

Of all of the former Eastern-Bloc vassal and satellite States that were under the yoke of the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union, or USSR), Poland stands alone in the 21st century as the only country in Europe to have not fully implemented pragmatic, unambiguous, expeditious, uniform and uncomplicated measures to assist former property owners, deportees, exiles, survivors, their children, heirs and descendants, to pursue and realize their rights to restitution, reparations and compensation for properties and assets seized by communist and fascist regimes since 1939.

As parliamentary successor to past regimes and governments, the present Polish Administration has inherent, moral, and ethical obligations to finally deal with, and finalize in its current term - the legacy of property reprivatization, including claims for restitution, reparation and compensation.

The stance taken by the present Polish Administration that Poland has no money for restitution payouts because of the ongoing Global Financial Crises (GFC) is inconsistent with the facts a diversionary invention!

On Wednesday 29 April 2009, the Warsaw Voice carried an article entitled Poland Shines Amid Global Crisis, in which it was stated that:

International rating agencies, investment fund companies and banks are all praising the Polish economy, which is doing better than most other economies in the world.

Although the global financial crisis has left no country unaffected, some, like Poland, have suffered far less than others. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that a growing number of international financial institutions are looking at Poland with admiration, praising it for its relatively good macroeconomic indicators and playing down its shortcomings, such as bureaucracy, bad laws and corruption.

In its latest report on the Polish economy, the World Bank projects that the countrys 2009 GDP will grow 2 percent. According to Thomas Laursen, World Bank manager for Poland and the Baltic states, of all the new European Union member states, Polands fiscal and financial performance is the besteven though the international economic crisis has led to a drop in demand for Polish goods and services abroad and hurt foreign direct investment here. Compared with other economies in the region, Poland shows more sustainable growth, Laursen said. This is largely because of private consumption, which is a key driver of economic growth in this country. According to the World Bank report, the Polish governments determination to maintain budget discipline is an important anti-crisis measure.

The present Administration of Poland is duty and honor bound by the undertakings of the current Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk who had according to Polskie Radio Dla Zagranicy (Thursday 17 March 2011), et al. pledged to push a Bill through in 2008.


PREAMBLE

WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of Poland did sign Accords with the Government of the former Soviet USSR, at the cessation of all World War 2 combat hostilities, that it would be responsible for compensating its dispossessed and repatriated Citizens who were previously domiciled in Kresy Wschodnie (Polands Eastern Borderland Frontier) from assets and property it obtained in the West from the so-called Reclaimed Territories from Germany, it has been almost impossible for a majority of those deportees, exiles, survivors, children, heirs, and descendants of those patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens and Martyrs to pursue or realize their claims and satisfy their entitlements without recourse to unnecessary and prolonged Court actions and Appeals, because of the widespread and systemic defects in various Legislation enacted to date by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland and those burgeoning and ambiguous Protocols, Provisions and Guidelines contained therein; the imposition of unrelenting, inequitable, unworkable, unrealistic and discriminatory Provisions and Policies fraught with needless delays and burdening complications; namely: 1. Discrimination against those potential Claimants whom live abroad; 2. The fact those living abroad had no notice of the Property Compensation Act of 8 July 2005 until approximately August 2007, thereby making it impossible for them to have met the evidential requirements of the Property Compensation Act of 8 July 2005 by the deadline of 31 December 2008; 3. The absence of any sympathetic consideration for the physical frailty, advancing twilight age and the lack of financial and personal resources available to many potential Applicants for Property Compensation; 4. The fact that many potential Claimants no longer personally reside in Poland or have family there, making them ineligible to seek restitution they are discriminated against; 5. The fact that many potential Claimants don't know the Polish language, know how, or where to write to obtain copies of those original documents being presently demanded under the current Provisions of the Property Compensation Act of 8 July 2005; 6. The nonsensical procedural requirements that Applicants for Property Compensation - born of Polish Parents abroad be required to: a) obtain from an overseas State or Ecclesiastical Authority an original Birth and/or Marriage Certificate (irrespective of the fact that Displaced Persons Camp, or other documents have been unquestioned and proven to be valid for the last 70 years, and the stark reality that many Archival Records were destroyed during times of conflict), then b) get Certified translations of the documents into the Polish language (often after great expense and lengthy delays), then c) surrender their original Birth and/or Marriage records to local Polish Consular Authorities so that the Certified Language Translation(s) can be checked for accuracy after the payment of a Procedural Fee, then d), wait for Polish Authorities to scriven details of the foreign Birth and/or Marriage into their Registers and issue Polish Certificates of Birth, and/or Marriage to the Applicant for events that took place elsewhere, but not in Poland; 7. The fact that Polish Citizenship Confirmations are taking up to 2 years to be processed and are continually being denied even though the Applicants and/or their Parents and Grandparents were born within the geographical boundaries of Poland as it existed prior to the Second World War; 8. The fact that Applications for the Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) are taking in some cases over 2 years to be processed, that Applicants are dying whilst Applications are being needlessly delayed and entangled with bureaucracy, and that posthumous presentations of the Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) to next-of-kin are not permitted advice of this to families can be devastating and quite traumatic. This is offensive, insulting, and an affront to those whom suffered, sacrificed and endured so much - those deportees, exiles, survivors, their families and those descendants whom remain; 9. The fact that the Government of the Republic of Poland demands that all Archival and documentary evidence submitted in support of Claims for Property Compensation be translated from the language of origin and/or issuance into the Polish language, Notarized and Apostilled accordingly at great expense, financial burden and inconvenience to potential Claimants; 10. The fact that potential Claimants are required to produce original Property, Notarial Acts and Bills, Probate and Testamentary documents, which in a majority of cases, were seized, confiscated and/or destroyed by local NKVD (Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del, or People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) and UPA (Ukrayinska Povstanska Armiya, or Ukrainian Insurgent Army) militia, et al., when the homes of those being arbitrarily arrested and deported were being ransacked; 11. The fact many Archival documents confirming Births, Marriages, Deaths, Property Titles, Testamentary Proceedings, Citizenship and Court Decisions were either damaged, destroyed or found their way into various Archival, Institutional, Repository and Private Collections all over the World, and that not only locating, but obtaining official copies and/or transcripts of these within a designated time frame, and before the imminent and unrealistic deadlines, is in most cases not possible as research enquiries can take up to 6 months to be dealt with by Archival Authorities in the Ukraine, Belarus and other former Eastern-Bloc countries. Research takes money, usually cash up front, a luxury that the majority of potential Claimants simply dont have; 12. The fact that some Consular staff of the Republic of Poland are presenting contradictory advice and are not making themselves regularly available to assist potential Claimants who live away from capital cities.


THE PETITION

Article 1.

WE, the undersigned are desirous that the Parliament of the Republic of Poland affirm its obligation, and commit itself, without reservation and delay, to guarantee, protect and enforce the rights of former property owners, deportees, exiles, survivors, their children, heirs and descendants, to pursue and realize - in a most pragmatic, unambiguous, expeditious, uniform and uncomplicated manner, without discrimination, want, or favor - restitution, reparation and compensation claims for properties and assets seized since 1939 by past communist and fascist regimes without recourse to further Legislation, unnecessary and prolonged Court actions and Appeals, because of the widespread and systemic defects in various Legislation enacted to date by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland and those burgeoning Protocols, Provisions and Guidelines contained therein.


Article 2.

WE, the undersigned support former property owners, deportees, exiles, survivors, children, heirs, and descendants of those patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens and Martyrs who lived within, and valiantly guarded Polands Eastern Borderland Frontier (Kresy Wschodnie) between the inter-war years of 1920 to 1940, and are desirous to have addressed immediately those inequities that exist in, and that discrimination that results from the administration of the current Provisions of the "Act dated 8 July 2005 about Payment of a Right for Compensation from Title of Leaving Estate Beyond Present Borders of the Republic of Poland" (O Realizacji Prawa do Rekompensaty z Tytulu Pozostawienia Nieruchomosci Poza Obecnymi Granicami Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej" - "Dziennik Ustaw" 05.169.1418).


Article 3.

WE are desirous that the Parliament of the Republic of Poland immediately concede past injustices perpetrated against potential and actual Applicants and Claimants for Property Compensation - either directly, or indirectly as a result of the confusion, inadequacies and systemic dysfunction of previous Legislative endeavors by extending the deadline for the submission of all Applications for Property Compensation to at least 31 December 2012; thereby giving due and sympathetic consideration to those impasses previously identified.


Article 4.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland revere and honor the memory of those patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens whom were arbitrarily arrested, had their property ransacked and forcibly acquired, their financial assets seized and frozen, their belongings confiscated and destroyed - and whom were finally deported and exiled between 1940 and 1941 to the harsh and inhospitable wastelands of the outermost reaches of the former Soviet USSR where they were consigned to suffer, endure and perish - by taking into consideration that as a result of past injustices and treatment at the hands of former totalitarian regimes, many patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens could not return after World War 2 to take-up residence within the current geographical borders of the Republic of Poland for fear of political persecution and oppression; fears that were later proven to be well founded.


Article 5.

WE are desirous that whether now domiciled within the current geographical borders of the Republic of Poland, or living abroad, former property owners, deportees, exiles, survivors, children, heirs, and descendants be treated equally to each other in the administration of the current Provisions of the "Act dated 8 July 2005 about Payment of a Right for Compensation from Title of Leaving Estate Beyond Present Borders of the Republic of Poland" (O Realizacji Prawa do Rekompensaty z Tytulu Pozostawienia Nieruchomosci Poza Obecnymi Granicami Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej" - "Dziennik Ustaw" 05.169.1418).


Article 6.

WE, the undersigned, support former property owners, deportees, exiles and survivors (whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents occupied, worked, and patriotically defended the then fertile Eastern Borderlands of Poland (Kresy Wschodnie) between the inter-war years of 1920 to 1940 by taking-up plots of land obtained through grant, and/or by purchase, under the Provisions of Article 1 of the Granting of Land to Soldiers from the Polish Army Act (2) of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland dated 17 December 1920 (Ustawy 2, z dnia 17 Grudnia 1920 r. O Nadaniu Ziemi Zolnierzom Wojska Polskiego) as contained in the "Journal of Laws" 1921, No. 4, Item 18 ("Dziennik Ustaw" 1921, Nr. 4, Poz. 18)) and are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland will for the purposes of simplifying, accelerating, and expediting the administration and implementation of the current Provisions of the "Act dated 8 July 2005 about Payment of a Right for Compensation from Title of Leaving Estate Beyond Present Borders of the Republic of Poland (O Realizacji Prawa do Rekompensaty z Tytulu Pozostawienia Nieruchomosci Poza Obecnymi Granicami Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej" - "Dziennik Ustaw" 05.169.1418) honor, confirm and restore (without discrimination) the Citizenship Rights of all those persons, including: Polish Military Settlers (Osadnicy Wojskowe), Civilian Farmer Settlers (Osadnicy Cywilne) and well-to-do land-owning peasants (Kulaks), their heirs, and descendants now seeking to apply for Property Compensation regardless of whether they are now domiciled within the current geographical borders of the Republic of Poland, or living abroad, provided it can be established with pima facie evidence that one or both parents were born within the then geographical boundary of the Republic of Poland.


Article 7.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland recognize, remember, and laud the invaluable contribution, intolerable suffering, self-sacrifice, and the continued trauma experienced by the forced exile and separation of those deported, the survivors, children, heirs, and descendants of those who lived within, valiantly guarded, and defended Polands Eastern Borderland Frontier (Kresy Wschodnie) between the inter-war years of 1920 to 1940, by giving due and sympathetic consideration to the physical frailty and advancing twilight age of those persons applying for Award of the Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru), to the amount of time required to locate and obtain original Archival records, and that the Provisions of the Establishment of the Cross for Exiles to Siberia Act of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland dated 17 October 2003 (Ustawa, z dnia 17 Pazdziernika 2003r. O Ustanowieniu Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) as contained in the "Journal of Laws" 2003, No. 225, Item 2230 ("Dziennik Ustaw" 2003, Nr. 225, Poz. 2230), be amended to allow for the posthumous presentation of the Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) to next-of-kin where an Applicant has died after making Application for awarding of the Cross.

WE are further desirous that: 1. The Government of the Republic of Poland give due consideration to further amending the Establishment of the Cross for Exiles to Siberia Act of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland dated 17 October 2003 (Ustawa, z dnia 17 Pazdziernika 2003r. O Ustanowieniu Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) as contained in the "Journal of Laws" 2003, No. 225, Item 2230 ("Dziennik Ustaw" 2003, Nr. 225, Poz. 2230), to include Provision where in the absence, or lack of specified Archival documents confirming deportation, relocation and exile, that the Applicant can provide Notarized Statement given under rigor for depositing of false statement before a Notary, or Polish Consular Representative; 2. That the Government of the Republic of Poland allow for submission of Applications for Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) directly with Consular Representatives where Applicants are domiciled overseas, and that the Government of the Republic of Poland undertakes to process all Applications for the Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru) expeditiously within six (6) months of submission of the Application with local Consular Representative.


Article 8.

WE are desirous that whether now domiciled within the current geographical borders of the Republic of Poland, or living abroad, that the Government of the Republic of Poland remove the requirement that individual Archival and documentary evidences submitted in support of Claims for Property Compensation be translated from the language of origin and/or issuance into the Polish language, Notarized and Apostilled, provided that documents used to support any Claim for Property Compensation were issued and can be verified - by a competent and recognized Archival Authority, Institution, or Repository as specified here: Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum (London); Ministry of Defence (London); KARTA (Warsaw); Stowarzyszenie Rodzin Osadnikow Wojskowych i Cywilnych Kresow Wschodnich (Warsaw); Zabuszanskie Archives (Warsaw); Memorial (Moscow); NKVD Archives (Arkhangelsk), et al.; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University (Stanford); The National Archives of the United Kingdom (London); Red Cross (London); Registrar-General's Office (London); State Archives (Lwow and other Regions); Registrar-General's Office of the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika); the Registrar-Generals Office of the Republic of Kenya; Central Military Archives CAW (Warsaw), or any other internationally and legally recognized National, State, or Archival Authority, Institution, or Repository.


Article 9.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland recognize and give due consideration to the fact that, during and after the Second World War, many Archival documents confirming Births, Marriages, Deaths, Property Titles, Testamentary Proceedings, Citizenship and Court Decisions were either damaged or destroyed, and often found their way into various Archival, Institutional, Repository and Private Collections all over the World including, and not limited to: Poland, Belarus, the Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Kenya, Tanzania, Kazakhstan, Iran, India, New Zealand and Mexico; therefore, not only locating, but obtaining official copies and/or transcripts of those documents held by overseas Archival Authorities, Institutions or Repositories within a designated time frame and before such imminent deadlines, is in most cases cost prohibitive for many and not possible as research enquiries can take up to six (6) months to be dealt with by Archival Authorities in the Ukraine, Belarus and other former Eastern-Bloc countries. Research takes money, usually cash up front, a luxury that the majority of potential Claimants simply dont have.


Article 10.

WE, the undersigned, in supporting those former property owners, deportees, exiles and survivors (whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents occupied, worked, and patriotically defended the then fertile Eastern Borderlands of Poland (Kresy Wschodnie) between the inter-war years of 1920 to 1940) are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland remove the requirement for Applicants for Property Compensation from having to produce original Wills, Grants of Probate and Court Decisions regarding Testamentary Proceedings, provided that the Applicant can account for the fate of those potential heirs and claimants specified in Archival documents issued by Memorial (Moscow); KARTA (Warsaw); NKVD Archival Authorities; or provide Notarized Statement given under rigor for depositing of false statement before a Notary, or Polish Consular Representative.


Article 11.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland accept as prima facie evidence of having lived and where - within the former pre-war geographical boundaries of Poland, Archival and/or documentary evidence obtained from any of the following competent and recognized Archival Authorities, Institutions, or Repositories specified here: Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum (London); Ministry of Defence (London); KARTA (Warsaw); Stowarzyszenie Rodzin Osadnikow Wojskowych i Cywilnych Kresow Wschodnich (Warsaw); Zabuszanskie Archives (Warsaw); Memorial (Moscow); NKVD Archives (Arkhangelsk); Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University (Stanford); The National Archives of the United Kingdom (London); Red Cross (London); Registrar-General's Office (London); State Archives (Lwow and other Regions); Registrar-General's Office of the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika); the Registrar-Generals Office of the Republic of Kenya; Central Military Archives CAW (Warsaw), or any other internationally and legally recognized National, State, or Archival Authority, Institution, or Repository.


Article 12.

WE the undersigned, are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland recognize and give due consideration to the fact that when its patriotic and heroic Polish Citizens were arbitrarily arrested at their homes and throughout Polands Eastern Borderlands (Kresy Wschodnie) between 1940 and 1941, their homes were ransacked by local NKVD and UPA Militia in searches for irreplaceable and original documents and personal effects which when found were either seized or destroyed on the spot - their property was confiscated and/or destroyed, and finally they were deported along with their entire families; so the demand to produce original ownership documents, notarial acts, bills, and other proofs is both an improbable expectation and unrealistic demand.


Article 13.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland accept as sufficient proof, and as prima facie evidence confirming property rights and previous ownership, any original or certified Archival document no matter how nominal it is - as long as it contains the name of the original Grantee, Grantor or Purchaser of Property Rights, is dated, and contains details of how much land was granted or purchased, and that such Archival document is obtained from any competent internationally and legally recognized National, State, or Archival Authority, Institution, or Repository in Poland or abroad. In the absence of such Archival document, an Applicant for Property Compensation may provide two (2) Notarized Witness Statements given under rigor for depositing of false statement before a Notary, or Polish Consular Representative.


Article 14.

WE are desirous that the Government of the Republic of Poland in sympathetic consideration of the current place of abode, physical frailty, advancing twilight age, and the lack of financial and personal resources available to Applicants and Claimants for Property Compensation establish a Central Research Bureau in Poland to liaise with domestic and foreign Archival Authorities, Institutions, or Repositories in the locating and acquiring of pertinent Archival documents required to satisfy the Provisions of the "Act dated 8 July 2005 about Payment of a Right for Compensation from Title of Leaving Estate Beyond Present Borders of the Republic of Poland (O Realizacji Prawa do Rekompensaty z Tytulu Pozostawienia Nieruchomosci Poza Obecnymi Granicami Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej" - "Dziennik Ustaw" 05.169.1418).


Article 15.

WE are desirous that Consular Staff of the Republic of Poland, and other Official Government Representatives abroad, be directed to: assist and make themselves more regularly available to potential Claimants; to increase the number of Consular Field Staff visits to Capital Cities, so as to ensure persons living abroad and those potential Claimants not able to travel for health or other reasons, are not disadvantaged; to offer free and timely advice; to assist in the preparation of Applications for Property Compensation, and Applications for Siberia Deportees Cross (Krzyza Zeslancow Sybiru), and to submit these via Diplomatic Couriers to the appropriate Offices in Poland.


For Further Information:

Mr (Wieslaw) George Helon
Post Office Box 88
Toowoomba Queensland 4350 AUSTRALIA
Email: ghelon (at) yahoo.com.au

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