Polish Cooking Pot journeyed to Scotland

Contributed by eric fleming

Polish Cooking Pot journeyed to Scotland

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It belongs to my father-in-law, Leon. His mother took it from the Polish farm where he was born. The pot went with them on their journey of survival from Poland to Siberia; to Persia and to Africa during the course of the second world war. He parted with his mother and sister, at the age of fifteen, in Persia to join the Polish Free Army. He survived the North African campaign, the Sicily landings and Monte Cassino (not without being wounded several times). The pot travelled to Africa with his mother and sister who also coped with extreme hardship. Eventually with the help of The Red Cross they were all reunited in London and settled in Scotland. He is the only surviver now. He cannot speak about the war without breaking down, but one story he told about combating starvation in Persia was that they collected desert turtle eggs and when they cooked them the whites of the eggs stayed transparent. They could only eat the yoke. The pot looks so basic an item. I have been heating milk for cofee in it for many years without any thought for it. One day he said that it came with them from Poland. It then took on a meaning and evokes a history with associated emotions difficult to describe.

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  • 1. At 07:31 on 25 June 2010, susan gierasik wrote:

    what a moving little story , thankyou for sharing it with the world.

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  • 2. At 11:43 on 7 October 2010, Alexandra wrote:

    Thank you so much for this story, which is also my mother's. If anyone knows where the history of this odyssey is documented, please share the information here.

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  • 3. At 20:40 on 11 October 2010, Eddie wrote:

    as with other contributors this is also my mothers story with a slight twist in that she spent the war years after release from the labour camp following the German invasion of Russia. Her journey tookher to Persia and Kazakstan and India before finally reaching the UK in 1946. She and her younger sister both in their 80s now regularly attend reunions of the so called "indians". I believe a book has been published detailing the history of what for many was a tradegy forecably removed from their homes never to return. I will post details as soon as I have them

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