PARTICIPATION OF POLISH DIASPORAS IN THE RESTORATION OF THE RACLAWICE PANORAMA IN THE LIGHT OF THE RACLAWICE PANORAMA SOCIAL COMMITTEE (1980-1985) FILES (Polish title - below)
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(Title in Polish - 'Udzial Polonii w restaurowaniu Panoramy Raclawickiej w swietle akt Spolecznego Komitetu Panoramy Raclawickiej (1980-1985'). The aim of the Raclawice Panorama Social Committee, founded in 1981 in Wroclaw and chaired by Professor Alfred Jahn, was to bring to a successful end the long-awaited communist authorities' decision, in the autumn of this year, on the restoration of the Racławice Panorama, which was destroyed during the Second World War in Lvov, and to promote the project among the broad masses of the Polish society. Among those present to whom the Committee's appeals for help in the restoration were addressed, there were also representatives of the Polish diasporas in different countries. Correspondence, mainly with the Polish diasporas of the US, Canada and Austria, survived in the Committee files. It mainly focused on financial matters and help in the purchase of materials which were not then available in Poland. Compared to the Polish American Congress (PAC) documents it can be concluded that the PAC proved to be the only institution of the Polish diaspora which was able to support the Panorama reconstruction project to a significant degree. However, it is impossible to precisely determine either the exact amount, or the method of transfer. Analyzing the correspondence, allows us to perceive how the Polish-diaspora organizations operated, their weak material base and also the restrictions in the flow of information caused by martial law.
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