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The Polish government honored Maharajas for helping refugees during World War II

The Polish government honored Maharajas for helping refugees during World War II

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The Polish government honored them Maharajas of Jamnagar and Kolhapur and others who protected Polish refugees fleeing Invasion of the Soviet Union in Poland while Second World War. The Indian government appreciated the invitation and sent a delegation of former royals, including Yuvraj Sambhaji Raje and Sanyogitaraje Chhatrapati from Kolhapur and representatives of the royal family from Jamnagar to Poland. Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinski also attended the event in Warsaw. Remembering their memories of life in India, Polish residents displayed images of the generosity of Indian kings.

In 1939 Germany attacked Poland from the west and the Soviet Union from the east. During the occupation, the Soviet authorities forced hundreds of thousands of Poles to immigrate deeper into Soviet territory, including Siberia. At least 5,000 Polish citizens then fled the country and sought refuge in Kolhapur. They stayed for many years in the village of Valiwade, near the city of Kolhapur, where a kind of little Poland arose, equipped with a school, a hospital and even a fire department.

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