"Through Siberia to Independence - XVIII International March for the Remembrance of the Siberian Descendants
Białystok. As in previous years, Minister Anna Maria Anders took part in the 18th International March in Memory of Siberian Exiles, which aims to preserve the memory of the tragic fate of Polish citizens deported to the Soviet Union. This year's March, connected with the 100th Anniversary of Poland's regaining independence, was held under the slogan "Through Siberia to Independence". The March was attended by nearly 150 000 people, including young people studying in schools named after the Siberians. Numerous guests from abroad were at the ceremonies as well as the Siberians themselves along with their descendants from Australia, the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine.
In her speech at the Tomb of the Unknown Siberian, Minister Anders spoke about the need to share information about Siberian exiles not only with younger generations of Poles but also to convey it to the whole world. "Not enough is being said about Poland’s fate during World War II. This lack of knowledge leads to misrepresentations which we hear constantly".
"Not enough is being said about Poland’s fate during World War II. This lack of knowledge leads to misrepresentations which we hear constantly".
She reminded us of the great role of General Władysław Anders in leading thousands of Poles out of the hell of the inhuman land. Minister Anders’s speech received thunderous applause and singing of "Sto lat" (May you live 100 years). Many participants in the March approached the Minister and with tears in their eyes expressed their gratitude to General W. Anders for saving their lives or that of their loved ones.