Kresy, an Introduction

These pages are dedicated to my mother who was born in that wonderful land and to all the "Kresowiacy" who lost their rightful place of birth.

Kresy Wschodnie(Eastern Borderlands) the places of legends and of valorous deeds. The places of mystical Pan Wolodyjowski, Zagloba and Kmicic. Places that Henryk Sienkiewicz wrote of, the battles against Ukrainian, Swedish, Tatar and Turkish invaders. The lands of our forefathers. A lot can be said of those lands that were so dear to out forefathers, legends were born and to this day they still survive. The modern film makers still make films about those times so that the new generation will not forget those times. What would Polish history be without those wonderful legends.

Kresy are also the lands that were settled by the ex-servicemen that fought for Poland during the First World War and against the Bolshevik armies in 1920. Those soldiers were given land by the newly established Polish state, and they settled those areas and made a life for themselves and their families. Their initial years were hard as the land that most of them received was pitted with shell holes, trenches and other flotsam of war. Their hard work made that land plentiful, they and their families prospered in daily life, a life full of happiness. Then came the dark days of Second World War, the fateful Soviet invasion on 17th of September 1939 put paid to all their life's work. Few could imagine what lay in store for them and that they would never see their homes again.

That was yet to come, on that faithful day of 10th of February 1940.

circle09_red.gif

Old Map showing the size of Old Poland

circle09_red.gif

Kresy Maps

circle09_red.gif

Old Kresy

circle09_red.gif

Photos of times past

circle09_red.gif

Belorussian Clothing

circle09_red.gif

Lithuanian Clothing

circle09_red.gif

Polish Clothing

circle09_red.gif

Short descriptions of Districts

circle09_red.gif

Administrative districts before WWII

circle09_red.gif

1921 Census and Demographic Data

circle09_red.gif

Other Sites worth looking at (Links)

circle09_red.gif

Books and Publications

circle09_red.gif

Extract from Gazeta Wyborcza - Polish Daily

Please feel free to download this banner

Free Banner - You're welcome to place this on your site

E-mail this Page - Enter recipient's e-mail:

Books and films that portray the life in those Old times

by; - Henryk Sienkiewicz

Commonly referred to as "Trylogia Sienkiewicza" (Sienkiewicz Trylogy)

circle09_red.gif

Ogniem i Mieczem

   By Fire and Sword

circle09_red.gif

Potop

Deluge

circle09_red.gif

Pan Wolodyjowski  

 Colonel Wolodyjowski

This film has very close links to the Old times as the film shows the fight against the Prussian oppression in the Polish lands

circle09_red.gif

Krzyzacy

 Knights of the Teutonic Order

 Most of the above books can be purchased at Veritas Foundation Publication Centre

Return

Copyright 2003; Paul Havers