During a stay in the Polish Catholic Mission in Maciaszkowo near Buenos Aires, Father Olaf suggested to us going to Lavallol to Ms. Krystyna Szuba. We were very curious about that contact because we knew that Ms. Szuba came to Argentina 60 years earlier, and before her life had been incredible. How many our compatriots living on the eastern area of the Second Polish Republic got to Soviet labor camps and together with the whole families were sent to Siberia. When the generals: Sikorski together with Anders began to create Polish Army the whole families went on a very long and strewn with dangers way. For many months of exile all around the Soviet Union two little brothers of Ms. Szuba died in Uzbekistan, and she suffered heavily from scurvy, she got paralyzed. There was an unimaginable hunger, children got to eat 400 grams of bread. During the short summer the diet was enriched by gathered in the forest berries and mushrooms. Harvesting raspberries, as Ms. Szuba reminisces, they had to be faster and smarter than bears. The first Holy Communion she received from Bishop Gawlina who visited Polish families in the Soviet Union and wept over their fate.
All Poles fleeing from the Soviet Union were transported by ship through the Caspian Sea to Persia. There awaited them another life, they got new clothes, much larger and more varied food portions, they got primary health care. Most importantly, little Krysia found her beloved ones: her mother and sister, from whom she was separated for health reasons in the Soviet Union. Together they went to Tehran and from there to Basra, where they were loaded onto a ship and transported to India. They spent a year there, to sail by boat from Karachi for another few years to Rhodesia. There was established a Polish community made up of women with children and older men unfit for military service. More than 2000 of our countrymen found shelter there. Half of them were children. A Polish school and scouting were established, and Krysia, as the oldest girl was a team leader, and later a troop leader. For years she led a diary, which with her consent, I present below.
After the war and the demobilization of soldiers from the Second Army of General Anders the father of Ms. Szuba emigrated to Argentina and brought there his loved ones. Since May 1948, when she sailed on a Dutch ship to Buenos Aires, her life has been permanently connected with Argentina. Here she had a family, here her children and grandchildren were born.
Looking back, she remembers the years spent in Africa as the most pleasant years of her life, it was a shelter from all dangers encountered earlier, there were her beloved ones: mother and sister. There was the Polish, patriotic spirit and education.
Today Krystyna Szuba is proud of the high state decorations which she was awarded with by two presidents, but she is not able to understand why she is refused to be granted the Polish citizenship. I also do not understand it, but I sincerely hope that someone on the Vistula River will finally use their head and give Ms. Krystyna Szuba what she has the full right to.