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This "Indian Oskar Schindler" Took in 1,000 Polish Children During WWII: Now He's Being Immortalized in Film

Manik Mehta : Jul 18, 2017 : Times of Israel

A group of about 1,000 Polish children departed for India in 1942 from Siberia, where, lost and orphaned in the midst of death and destruction caused by WWII, they had been shifted after the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland.

(New York, NY)—[Times of Israel] The elegant ballroom of the Indian consulate general in New York has been the venue for many cultural and other events attended by Indian and American audiences. But on June 29 a special event brought two communities, Indians and Jews, together to witness a hitherto unknown chapter of history, captured in a documentary film called "Little Poland in India. (Photo: Maharaja Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja, also known as 'Jam Sahib,' who helped house about 1,000 Polish children—both Christians and Jews—during World War II/'Little Poland in India' via Times of Israel)

The docufilm, which had a special screening in New York with the support of the Indian consulate general and the American Jewish Committee, looks back to the dark chapter of history during World War II when Hitler's deadly war machinery rolled over Europe, spreading terror and destruction on the continent. (Photo: Polish children in the Little Poland in India camp/'Little Poland in India'/via Times of Israel)

Orphaned Polish children—Jews and Catholics alike—faced an uncertain future, but in the midst of the gloom a ray of hope appeared when a kindhearted Maharaja (member of Indian nobility) in a princely state in Gujarat agreed to accept the Polish children and look after them...

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